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Black Sabbath announces final tour, ‘The End,’ with creepy video

Heavy metal stalwarts Black Sabbath at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 2013. The band has announced details of its final tour, called "The End."

Heavy metal stalwarts Black Sabbath at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 2013. The band has announced details of its final tour, called “The End.”

(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

The seminal heavy metal band Black Sabbath has announced its final tour, fittingly titled “The End.” Embarking on one last go after decades together, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will set the group’s own gravestone with a series of concerts in North America, New Zealand and Australia.

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This isn’t earth-shattering news; Osbourne teased this tour in the spring, though he was light on details. The video clip adds info (and appropriately spooky drama):

It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.

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In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.

BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,

THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history...

BLACK SABBATH

Notable among those not listed as attending is Bill Ward, Sabbath’s longtime drummer. One of the most influential metal pounders ever, Ward’s absence in recent years has remained a major frustration among diehards hoping for one last shot at seeing the original quartet before it climbs into the coffin.

Those worried that their city or country isn’t included can breathe easily. Sabbath has promised that “The End” will include more dates to be announced in October. Angelenos looking for early if vaguely twisted Valentine’s Day plans? The band will play the Forum on Feb. 11.

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1/20, Omaha, NE
1/22, Chicago, IL
1/25, Minneapolis, MN
1/28, Saskatoon, SK
1/30, Edmonton, AB
2/1, Calgary, ON
2/3, Vancouver, BC
2/6, Tacoma, WA
2/9, San Jose, CA
2/11, Los Angeles, CA
2/13, Las Vegas, NV
2/15, Denver, CO
2/17, Kansas City, MO
2/19, Detroit, MI
2/21, Hamilton, ON
2/23, Montreal, QB
2/25, New York City, NY

Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates
4/15, Perth
4/17, Adelaide
4/19, Melbourne
4/23, Sydney
4/25, Brisbane
4/28, Auckland
4/30, Dunedin

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