The original lineup of BLACK SABBATH — who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour — have had to put some plans on hold due to guitarist Tony Iommi‘s battle with lymphoma. At this time, BLACK SABBATH will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.’s Download festival.
So as not to let the promoters and fans down, SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY FRIENDS. These “first-ever” OZZY FRIENDS shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians, including Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special BLACK SABBATH set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy bandmember Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).
Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH continues to write and record music in the U.K. for its upcoming album. More information about these dates and BLACK SABBATH‘s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.
The 2012 tour dates are as follows:
Jun. 10 – Donnington, UK @ Download Festival
May 23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
May 27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
May 29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
May 31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
Jun. 02 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
Jun. 04 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Jun. 06 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Jun. 15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
Jun. 17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Jun. 22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival
Jun. 26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
Jun. 28 – Belgrade, Serbia – USCE Park
Jul. 01 – Athens, Greece – Rockwave Festival – Terra