Black Sabbath To Perform Somewhere In The U.S. In August
Oh where, oh where is Black Sabbath going to play? Late this summer, the bad-luck-plagued band will be playing just one show in the U.S. Let’s hope it’s somewhere in the vicinity of the Capital District!
The band’s original members were going to embark on a summer reunion tour together, but after the diagnosis and treatment of guitarist Tony Iommi and the contract dispute with drummer Bill Ward, the band has been forced to cancel the tour. However, they will be playing just one show here in the U.S., as well as one in the U.K. (Download Festival in June).
There is not yet any word as to where the concert will happen, but it has been confirmed that it will take place in August. Maybe they’re secretly coming to SPAC for our second annual Q-Ruption festival. Hey, I can dream, can’t I?
Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne confirmed the one-date show:
They’re gonna be doing one show in America this summer but I can’t say yet because we can’t announce it, the promoters have to, but they are doing one show in August here together.
When asked if that means Ward will be part of the reunited band’s lineup for the U.S. concert, she said, We don’t know yet, we really don’t know. It’s up to Bill. The door is open for him to join us, so it’s up to him.
Aside from the U.K.’s festival, the remainder of Sabbath’s European dates will be taken over by “Ozzy and Friends,” which includes bassist Geezer Butler, former guitarist Zakk Wylde and even axeman Slash on selected dates, along with other special guests on certain dates.
Butler will join Ozzy during the shows for a set of SABBATH songs in honor of Iommi. The 64-year-old guitarist continues to make “excellent progress” in his battle with cancer, which was diagnosed earlier this year.
What are your thoughts on Sabbath playing only one date in the U.S.?