Black Sabbath visit Scotland on farewell tour

Heavy metal behemoths Black Sabbath have announced the dates for their final ever tour – including a visit to Scotland.

The seven-date tour, which kicks off in January 2017, is said to be the final leg of Black Sabbath’s farewell tour The End.

The legendary band will visit Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on January 24, and will also stop off in Manchester, Leeds, London and Birmingham.

Speaking about The End tour to Rolling Stone magazine recently, singer Ozzy Osbourne said, “It doesn’t get any easier, physically. I don’t know how the f*cking Stones do it.”

In January, Osbourne contracted a sinus infection which forced Black Sabbath to postpone several gigs.

“This time, we thought we got one more tour left in us – let’s go out and do it while we can,” said bassist Geezer Butler. “We’re all aware of our mortality these days. So while we still can all play really well, we decided we’d do one more tour and go out on top.”

On his solo interview tour An Audience With in Birmingham in March, guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed he hoped the band’s final show would be in Birmingham.

Iommi said: “When we’re home where we started, we always find it a bit nervewracking. But Birmingham means such a lot to us. It would be nice to think it could finish where it all started, in Birmingham.”

The classic Black Sabbath line-up of Iommi, Osbourne, Butler and drummer Bill Ward reformed in 2011.

Ward, who earlier this week announced details of his new band Day Of Errors, quit before the reunion tour began.

Balck Sabbath have since released one new album, 13, in 2013 which featured Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk in Ward’s place.

Iommi overcame lymphoma a few years back and said a few months ago that the band was no longer capable of playing long tours.

He said: “I just can’t keep going out on these long tours. Don’t get me wrong, I still love gigging. It’s the travelling and the exhaustion that goes with it that’s the problem.”

Ticket details for the tour are expected to be announced next week.

Black Sabbath will play:
Manchester Arena (January 22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Leeds First Direct Arena (26)
London O2 (29-31)
Birmingham Genting Arena (February 2, 4)