BLACK SABBATH – who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour – have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10th at the UK’s Download Festival.
So as not to let the promoters and fans down, OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including GEEZER BUTLER (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member ZAKK WYLDE. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend SLASH at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).
Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the UK for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.
The 2012 tour dates are as follows:
10 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
Ozzy & Friends:
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
6 – Prague, Czech Rep – O2 Arena
15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival
26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
28 – Belgrade, Serbia – USCE Park
1 – Athens, Greece – Rockwave Festival – Terra