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The End Tour was the farewell tour of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featuring founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The tour concluded Sabbath's 40+ year career. The final show was February 4, 2017, in their home city of Birmingham, UK.[1]

The End Tour
Tour by Black Sabbath
TheEndWorldTour.jpg
Location North America
Europe
Oceania
South America
Associated album The End
Start date January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20)
End date February 4, 2017 (2017-02-04)
Legs 6
No. of shows 41 in North America
7 in Oceania
26 in Europe
7 in South America
81 total
Black Sabbath concert chronology

Contents

OverviewEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Ozzy Osbourne at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham
 
Tommy Clufetos at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham

Initial dates were announced in a video posted on the band's YouTube channel on September 3, 2015 with more dates announced in October 2015.[2][3] As with the previous tour, Tommy Clufetos filled in for original drummer Bill Ward, due to the latter's departure and animosity towards singer Ozzy Osbourne.[4] An eight-track EP, entitled The End, was released to coincide with this tour and was only available at shows. Rival Sons were the sole support act for all of Black Sabbath's headlining shows.[5][6] Osbourne said of the farewell tour, "this is it, it's definitely run its course".[7]

The tour concluded on February 4, 2017 with the final two gigs being played in the band's native Birmingham. The last show was streamed live on the band's Facebook page.[7] Prior to the gig, Ozzy discussed his emotions he was feeling, suggesting he would cry after the farewell.[8] Osbourne was adamant this is the end,[9] but intends to carry on with solo work,[8] having already returned following a 1992 'final' solo tour.[8] Iommi confirmed no more world tours, but remains open to a new album or one-off show.[9] Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, and the toll of touring on his health was the main reason to end touring.[10] Osborne had intended to say something to the crowd but did not prepare a speech.[8] He closed the show with a simple statement to the crowd "Thank you, goodnight, thank you so much."[7][11]

PersonnelEdit

Set listEdit

These were the typical songs that were represented at each show on the tour.[12]

  1. "Black Sabbath"
  2. "Fairies Wear Boots"
  3. "Tomorrow's Dream" (not played at all shows)
  4. "Under The Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes" (played here when not played between "God Is Dead?" and "Dirty Women"; not played at all shows)
  5. "After Forever"
  6. "Into the Void"
  7. "Happy Birthday To You" (Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover, not played at all shows)
  8. "Snowblind"
  9. "War Pigs"
  10. "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
  11. "N.I.B." ("Bassically" Geezer Butler bass solo)
  12. "Hand of Doom"
  13. "Supernaut" / "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" / "Megalomania" (Medley; Played at final three shows before "Rat Salad"; not played at all shows)
  14. "Tommy Clufetos Drum Solo"
  15. "Iron Man"
  16. "God Is Dead?" (not played at all shows)
  17. "Dirty Women"
  18. "Children of the Grave" (sometimes switched with "Paranoid")
  19. "Paranoid" [Encore] (sometimes switched with "Children of the Grave")
  20. "Zeitgeist" [Audio outro]

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance/Capacity[13] Revenue[13]
North America
January 20, 2016 Omaha United States CenturyLink Center Omaha Rival Sons[14] 10,317 / 13,681 $875,263
January 22, 2016 Chicago United Center 14,517 / 15,648 $1,525,127
January 25, 2016 Minneapolis Target Center 10,871 / 12,928 $965,445
January 27, 2016 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre
February 6, 2016 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome 17,480 / 18,284 $1,465,059
February 9, 2016 San Jose SAP Center 12,226 / 13,533 $1,182,483
February 11, 2016 Inglewood The Forum 14,013 / 14,013 $1,237,836
February 13, 2016 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center 8,555 / 9,283 $962,808
February 15, 2016 Denver Pepsi Center 12,257 / 14,280 $1,202,717
February 17, 2016 Kansas City Sprint Center 10,715 / 13,115 $868,001
February 19, 2016 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 13,030 / 14,231 $1,204,212
February 21, 2016 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre 13,575 / 14,287 $1,039,540
February 23, 2016 Montreal Centre Bell 13,840 / 15,043 $1,079,950
February 25, 2016 New York City United States Madison Square Garden 29,411 / 29,411 $3,471,530
February 27, 2016
March 2, 2016 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
March 4, 2016 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
March 7, 2016 Vancouver Rogers Arena
Oceania[15]
April 15, 2016 Perth Australia Perth Arena Rival Sons 7,570 / 7,570 $795,368
April 17, 2016 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 19, 2016 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 11,778 / 12,256 $1,273,680
April 23, 2016 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena 13,717 / 13,717 $1,458,830
April 25, 2016 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 9,623 / 9,623 $1,020,320
April 28, 2016 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
April 30, 2016 Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium
Europe[16]
June 1, 2016 Budapest Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena Rival Sons
June 3, 2016 Nuremberg Germany Rock im Park Various
June 8, 2016 Berlin Waldbühne Rival Sons
June 11, 2016 Castle Donington England Download Festival Various
June 13, 2016 Verona Italy Verona Arena Rival Sons
June 15, 2016 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 12,017 / 13,000 $1,338,150
June 17, 2016 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting Various
June 19, 2016 Clisson France Hellfest
June 23, 2016 Halden Norway Tons of Rock
June 25, 2016 Copenhagen Denmark Copenhell
June 28, 2016 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle Rival Sons
June 30, 2016 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
July 2, 2016 Kraków Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
July 5, 2016 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
July 7, 2016 Helsinki Finland Kaisaniemi Park Opeth, Rival Sons, Amorphis
July 9, 2016 Stockholm Sweden Friends Arena Volbeat, Rival Sons, Bombus
July 12, 2016 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium Rival Sons
North America[17]
August 17, 2016 Wantagh United States Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Rival Sons
August 19, 2016 Camden BB&T Pavilion
August 21, 2016 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
August 23, 2016 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
August 25, 2016 Mansfield Xfinity Center
August 27, 2016 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 7,361 / 7,373 $1,013,384
August 29, 2016 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 31, 2016 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 2, 2016 Noblesville Klipsch Music Center
September 4, 2016 Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 7, 2016 Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 9, 2016 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater
September 11, 2016 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
September 13, 2016 Ridgefield Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 15, 2016 Oakland Oracle Arena 10,307 / 12,722 $955,430
September 17, 2016 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 10,718 / 11,835 $1,025,145
September 19, 2016 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 16,338 / 16,338 $1,573,560
September 21, 2016 Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion 13,728 / 19,954 $713,423
September 24, 2016 San Bernardino San Manuel Amphitheater Various
North and South America
November 8, 2016 Tulsa United States BOK Center Rival Sons
November 10, 2016 Houston Toyota Center 10,585 / 11,484 $956,628
November 12, 2016 San Antonio AT&T Center 12,405 / 14,316 $1,222,412
November 16, 2016 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol 60,506 / 62,423 $2,720,454
November 19, 2016 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional
November 23, 2016 Córdoba Argentina Orfeo Superdomo
November 26, 2016 Buenos Aires José Amalfitani Stadium
November 28, 2016 Porto Alegre Brazil Estacionamento da Fiergs 15,298 / 29,960 $1,079,100
November 30, 2016 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski 22,934 / 25,000 $2,094,680
December 2, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose 26,764 / 35,000 $2,173,890
December 4, 2016 São Paulo Estádio do Morumbi 64,744 / 65,596 $5,502,050
Europe
January 17, 2017 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena Rival Sons
January 20, 2017 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
January 22, 2017 Manchester England Manchester Arena 14,886 / 15,425 $1,336,720
January 24, 2017 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro 10,029 / 10,955 $930,968
January 26, 2017 Leeds England First Direct Arena
January 29, 2017 London The O2 30,370 / 35,097 $2,724,560
January 31, 2017
February 2, 2017 Birmingham Genting Arena
February 4, 2017
Total 514,610 / 570,504 $41,817,435

GrossEdit

The tour grossed $84.8 million, with 1,074,495 tickets sold from 74 shows.[18][19][20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Black Sabbath Announce THE END Tour". Black Sabbath. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Black Sabbath: The End Tour Announcement". YouTube. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Munro, Scott (30 September 2015). "Black Sabbath announce Euro dates". Classic Rock. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "BLACK SABBATH Pulling Out Deep Cuts For Farewell Tour Read". Blabbermouth. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Black Sabbath: Four Previously Unreleased Songs From '13' Sessions To Be Made Available On 'The End' CD". Blabbermouth. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "New Sabbath Music – ONLY AT SHOWS". Black-Sabbath.com. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Black Sabbath bow out in Birmingham with final concert - BBC News
  8. ^ a b c d Ozzy expects to 'shed a few tears' at Black Sabbath farewell show - BBC News
  9. ^ a b Black Sabbath: 'We hated being a heavy metal band' - BBC News
  10. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Guitar hero Tony Iommi - Why Black Sabbath tour will have to be our last. - Birmingham Mail
  11. ^ The Final Song & Final Bow - YouTube
  12. ^ "Black Sabbath Tour Statistics: The End". Setlist.fm. 
  13. ^ a b "Current Boxscore". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  14. ^ "RIVAL SONS To Support BLACK SABBATH On 'The End' World Tour". Blabbermouth. 10 September 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Black Sabbath Extend 'The End' With Summer 2016 U.S. Tour Dates". Ultimate Classic Rock. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Black Sabbath Announce Additional North American Tour Dates". Loudwire. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Black Sabbath Announces Second Batch Of 'The End' U.S. Tour Dates". Blabbermouth. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.pollstarpro.com/files/charts2016/2016MidYearTop100WorldwideTours.pdf MIDYEAR TOP 100 Worldwide Tours
  19. ^ http://www.pollstarpro.com/files/Charts2016/2016YearEndTop100WorldwideTours.pdf
  20. ^ https://www.pollstar.com/Chart/2017/07/207MidYearTop100WorldwideTours_575.pdf

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