BLACK SABBATH canceled its concert Saturday night (January 30) at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada just two hours before the sold-out “The End” tour show was supposed to start. Messages on the band’s official Twitter and Facebook feeds read: “Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary [on February 1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome] have been postponed. Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.”
On social media, the band said tickets will be honored for when they return, while Live Nation noted: “Details on the date of the rescheduled show will be posted as soon as we have it confirmed.”
Pauline Hughes, entertainment marketing manager at Rexall Place, said: “Nothing’s cancelled — we’re working on new dates. Hopefully we should have those tomorrow or Monday. If that date doesn’t work out for people, I’m sure the band will work it out. Right now there’s no refunds or anything until we announce a new date.”
The first U.S. leg of “The End” tour will end on February 27 in New York City. Dates in Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed for April, with European festival shows taking place during the summer.
BLACK SABBATH recently revealed that it is selling a new limited-edition CD titled “The End” at the shows on its farewell tour. The disc features four previously unheard studio tracks left off the band’s 2013 reunion album, “13”, as well as live versions of four songs from the world tour the band did in support of that disc.
The four studio cuts are “Season Of The Dead”, “Cry All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man”. They feature drums by Brad Wilk.
The live tracks, with drumming from Tommy Clufetos, are “God Is Dead?”, “Under The Sun”, “End Of The Beginning” and “Age Of Reason”. The live cuts were recorded in Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Hamilton, Ontario.
Wilk and Clufetos had to get involved after founding SABBATH drummer Bill Ward withdrew from the reunion after initially agreeing to participate in it.
“13”, the first SABBATH full-length studio album in 35 years to feature original members Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Osbourne, also became SABBATH’s first No. 1 album in the U.S. when it was released in June 2013. The band abandoned plans for a follow-up after deciding that the current trek would be its last.
Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed. Details… https://t.co/b59XeaNgdL
— BlackSabbath (@BlackSabbath) January 31, 2016