Mob Rules Tour

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Mob Rules Tour
Promotional tour by Black Sabbath
Location North America
Associated album Mob Rules
Start date 15 November 1981 (1981-11-15)
End date 31 August 1982 (1982-08-31)
Legs 4
No. of shows 102
Black Sabbath concert chronology

The Mob Rules Tour, by the English rock group Black Sabbath, began on 15 November 1981 in Quebec City and ended on 31 August 1982 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Quebec City Provincial capital city in Quebec, Canada

Quebec City, officially Québec, is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. The city had a population estimate of 531,902 in July 2016, and the metropolitan area had a population of 800,296 in July 2016, making it the second largest city in Quebec after Montreal, and the seventh largest metropolitan area and eleventh largest city in the country.

Hoffman Estates, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Hoffman Estates is a village in Illinois, United States. The village is located primarily in Cook County, with a small section in Kane County. It is a suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,895, and as of 2017 the estimated population was 51,567.



A cross was used in the stage production. [1] [2]

"The album is more rockier than we've done before," observed guitarist Tony Iommi, "and the show is far more uptempo that it has been before – and a lot more involved… with stage presentation and effects and stuff like that. We enjoy it, the whole thing – we're very happy with the situation at the moment." [3]

<i>Mob Rules</i> (album) 1981 studio album by Black Sabbath

Mob Rules is the 10th studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It followed 1980's Heaven and Hell, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio prior to the 1992 album Dehumanizer.

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Recordings from the tour spawned the Live Evil album. [4]

<i>Live Evil</i> (Black Sabbath album) 1982 live album by Black Sabbath

Live Evil is the first official live album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. The previously released Live at Last (1980) was not sanctioned by the band. Live Evil peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.


Ronnie James Dio American singer-songwriter and composer

Ronald James Padavona known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. He currently serves as bassist of Deadland Ritual.

Vinny Appice American musician

Vincent Samson Appice is an American rock drummer best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell. Of Italian descent, he is the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice.


Tour dates

Date [5] [6] CityCountryVenue
1 August 1981 Burslem England Vale Park (Heavy Metal Holocaust)
4 September 1981New York CityUnited States"Madison Square Garden" Arena
North America (1st leg)
15 November 1981 Quebec City Canada Quebec Coliseum
16 November 1981 Kitchener Kitchener Memorial Arena
17 November 1981 Sudbury Sudbury Community Arena
19 November 1981 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
20 November 1981 Montreal Montreal Forum
21 November 1981 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Arena
22 November 1981 Binghamton United States Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
23 November 1981 Allentown Agricultural Hall
24 November 1981 Bethlehem Stabler Arena
25 November 1981 Glens Falls Glens Falls Civic Center
27 November 1981 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
28 November 1981 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
29 November 1981 Columbus Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum
30 November 1981 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
1 December 1981 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
3 December 1981 Landover Capital Centre
4 December 1981 Philadelphia Spectrum
5 December 1981 Salisbury Wicomico Civic Arena
6 December 1981 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
8 December 1981 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
9 December 1981 Louisville Louisville Gardens
10 December 1981 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
12 December 1981 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
13 December 1981 Mobile Mobile Municipal Arena
14 December 1981
15 December 1981AtlantaOmni Coliseum
16 December 1981 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
17 December 1981 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
18 December 1981 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
19 December 1981
20 December 1981 Chicago International Amphitheatre
21 December 1981
31 December 1981LondonEngland Hammersmith Odeon
1 January 1982
2 January 1982
3 January 1982
5 January 1982 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
6 January 1982
7 January 1982
8 January 1982 Edinburgh Scotland Highland Hall
9 January 1982 Stafford England New Bingley Hall
10 January 1982 Leicester Granby Halls
12 January 1982 Leeds Queens Hall
13 January 1982 Cardiff Wales Sophia Gardens Pavilion
14 January 1982 St. Austell England Cornwall Coliseum
15 January 1982 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
North America (2nd leg)
4 February 1982New HavenUnited StatesNew Haven Coliseum
6 February 1982SyracuseOnondaga County War Memorial Arena
7 February 1982KingstonKingston Armory
10 February 1982New York CityMadison Square Garden
11 February 1982BinghamtonBroome County Veterans Memorial Arena
12 February 1982ProvidenceProvidence Civic Arena
13 February 1982RochesterRochester Community War Memorial Arena
16 February 1982 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
17 February 1982 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
19 February 1982 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
20 February 1982 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
21 February 1982 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
24 February 1982 Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
25 February 1982 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
26 February 1982 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
27 February 1982 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
2 March 1982 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
3 March 1982 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
4 March 1982 Boston Boston Garden
6 March 1982 Detroit Cobo Center
7 March 1982 Trotwood Hara Arena
8 March 1982 Saginaw Wendler Arena
9 March 1982 Louisville Louisville Gardens
10 March 1982 Ashwaubenon Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
11 March 1982 Madison Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum
12 March 1982
13 March 1982 Bloomington Metropolitan Sports Center
15 March 1982 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
16 March 1982 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center
17 March 1982 St. Louis Checkerdome
19 March 1982 Omaha Omaha Civic Arena
20 March 1982 Kansas City Kansas City Municipal Arena
21 March 1982 Wichita Levitt Arena
April 1982 Las Vegas Rotunda
9 April 1982 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
10 April 1982 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
12 April 1982 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
13 April 1982 San Bernardino Orange Pavilion
14 April 1982 Reno Reno-Sparks Convention Center
15 April 1982 Inglewood The Forum
17 April 1982 Daly City Cow Palace
18 April 1982 Fresno Selland Arena
20 April 1982 Davis Davis Recreation Hall
21 April 1982 Central Point Jackson County Expo
22 April 1982 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
23 April 1982 Seattle Seattle Center Arena ( Live Evil )
24 April 1982
26 April 1982 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
27 April 1982 Lethbridge Canadian Games Sportsplex Arena
28 April 1982 Calgary Stampede Corral
29 April 1982
30 April 1982 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
1 May 1982 Regina Agridome
2 May 1982 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
4 May 1982 Billings United States Yellowstone METRA
5 May 1982 Casper Casper Events Center
6 May 1982 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
8 May 1982 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
9 May 1982 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
11 May 1982 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
12 May 1982 Dallas Dallas Convention Center (Live Evil)
13 May 1982 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center (Live Evil)
17 May 1982New York City Madison Square Garden
18 May 1982 Providence Providence Civic Center
19 May 1982 Kingston Kingston Armory
21 May 1982 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
22 May 1982 Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial
23 May 1982 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
28 May 1982 Chicago UIC Pavilion
29 May 1982
1 June 1982 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
Live Evil Tour
21 August 1982 Columbia United States Merriweather Post Pavilion
22 August 1982 East Rutherford Meadowlands Arena
24 August 1982 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium
25 August 1982Ottawa Lansdowne Park
27 August 1982
28 August 1982 Clarkston United States Pine Knob Music Theatre
29 August 1982 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
31 August 1982 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
(Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice's last show)

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