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 — 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 European dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS. These “first-ever” OZZY OSBOURNE 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).
The first official OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS promotional photo can be seen below.
In a recent interview with The Nervous Breakdown, Zakk Wylde stated about the setlist for the upcoming OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS shows, “[Current Ozzy bandmembers] Gus G., Blasko and Tommy [Clufetos] are coming out and doing a bunch of tunes, then I come out with Blasko and Tommy and we end up doing a bunch of stuff from the era when I was with The Boss, from ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ all the way through everything I’ve ever done with him. Then Geezer [Butler, BLACK SABBATH bassist] comes out and we do a bunch of SABBATH stuff and at the end, Slash and everybody — Geezer, Slash, Gus — and we all play ‘Paranoid’.”
OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS tour dates:
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