Heavy metal legends BLACK SABBATH will headline the 2016 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival on Friday, June 17 in Dessel, Belgium. Tickets go on sale on October 15.
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BLACK SABBATH earlier in the month announced the first details of a world tour that is being billed as “The End”. The North American leg will start on January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska, ending on February 25 in new York City. Dates in Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed for April, with more shows to be announced next month.
The band’s full statement read: “It’s the Beginning of The End. 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. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.”
It continued, “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.”
The statement added that the tour “promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever … when this tour concludes, it will truly be The End.”
The original lineup of SABBATH reunited in late 2011 for a new album called “13” and a world tour. Although founding drummer Bill Ward was on board at first, he dropped out over what he called contractual issues. Ward will apparently not be part of the farewell tour either.