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|Promotional tour by Black Sabbath|
|Location|| North America|
|Associated album||Never Say Die!|
|Start date||16 May 1978|
|End date||11 December 1978|
|Legs|| 2 in North America|
2 in Europe
|No. of shows|| 59 in North America|
41 in Europe
|Black Sabbath concert chronology|
The Never Say Die! Tour was a concert tour by the English heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. The tour began on 16 May 1978 in Sheffield and ended on 11 December 1978 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was the last full tour with Ozzy Osbourne until the band reunited for Ozzfest 1997.
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"We had a great time with the Sabbath guys…" recalled Alex Van Halen. "It was really special because Ed and I were big fans of the band. Every time they came to LA, I was out there in the audience, fighting tooth and nail to get to the front so I could get my eardrums destroyed. But I learnt a lot from them about audience participation… One time, we were up near Leicester, about half an hour before showtime, and Ozzy and Bill Ward were out there on the front lawn with the punters, having a beer. I thought, 'Fuck me, none of this star-type shit.' I was really impressed."
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"Ozzy used to tell a funny story…" recalled onetime Osbourne sidekick Don Airey. "Sabbath had done a tour for a year [sic] with Kiss… and it nearly killed him because Kiss had been so good. And he said, 'We're never doing that again. Next tour, we just want a bar band from LA. That's all we want.' And then he got to the first gig. Ozzy said they walked in as 'Eruption' was going on. Ozzy said, 'We just went into the dressing room. We sat there going, That was incredible… and then it finished, and we were just too stunned to speak. Then there was a knock on the door and the best-looking man in the world walked in and said, Hello' – you know, David Lee Roth. I think they only lasted about two months on that tour. Then the record broke… I went to see them at the Rainbow when they supported Sabbath. By the time they played the Rainbow again a month later, they were headlining. Incredible!"
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Supertzar [Audio Introduction]
She's Gone [Audio outro]
Supertzar [Audio introduction]
She's Gone [Audio outro]
BBC's "Look Hear"
|16 January 1978||London||England|| Pebble Mill Studios |
("War Pigs" and "Junior's Eyes" live TV lip-sync performance with Dave Walker replacing Osbourne for a brief time)
|Europe (1st leg)|
Supported by "Van Halen" (16 May – 3 December 1978)
|16 May 1978||Sheffield||England||Sheffield City Hall (Ozzy's first show back)|
|17 May 1978||Southport||Southport Theatre|
|18 May 1978||Glasgow||Scotland||The Apollo|
|19 May 1978||Aberdeen||Capitol Theatre|
|21 May 1978||Newcastle||England||Newcastle City Hall|
|22 May 1978||Manchester||Manchester Apollo|
|23 May 1978||Stoke||Victoria Hall|
|25 May 1978||London||(BBC's Top of the Pops ("Never Say Die"))|
|Portsmouth||Portsmouth Guildhall. No encore due to PA/Power Failure.|
|26 May 1978||Bristol||Colston Hall|
|27 May 1978||Lewisham||Lewisham Odeon|
|28 May 1978||Ipswich||Ipswich Gaumont Theatre|
|30 May 1978||Coventry||Coventry Theatre|
|31 May 1978||Leicester||De Montfort Hall|
|1 June 1978||Hammersmith||Hammersmith Odeon|
|2 June 1978||Oxford||Apollo Theatre Oxford|
|3 June 1978||Southampton||Southampton Gaumont Theatre|
|5 June 1978||Birmingham|| Birmingham Odeon |
(Cancelled after the PA failed during their set)
|7 June 1978||Bradford||St George's Hall|
|8 June 1978||Preston||Preston Guild Hall|
|10 June 1978||Hammersmith||Hammersmith Odeon|
|12 June 1978||Birmingham||Birmingham Odeon|
|13 June 1978|
|14 June 1978||Manchester||Manchester Apollo|
|15 June 1978|
|16 June 1978||Bridlington||Royal Hall|
|17 June 1978||Liverpool||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|19 June 1978||Hammersmith||Hammersmith Odeon Theatre ( Never Say Die! Live )|
|22 June 1978||London||(BBC's Top of the Pops ("Never Say Die"))|
|North America (1st leg)|
|22 August 1978||Milwaukee||United States||MECCA Arena|
|23 August 1978||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|24 August 1978|
|25 August 1978||Terre Haute||Hulman Arena|
|27 August 1978||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|28 August 1978||Hempstead||Nassau Coliseum|
|29 August 1978||Philadelphia||Spectrum|
|31 August 1978||Erie||Erie County Field House|
|1 September 1978||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|2 September 1978||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|4 September 1978||South Yarmouth||Cape Cod Coliseum|
|5 September 1978||Portland||Cumberland County Civic Arena|
|7 September 1978||Utica||Utica Memorial Auditorium|
|8 September 1978||Niagara Falls||Niagara Falls Civic Center|
|9 September 1978||Baltimore||Baltimore Civic Center|
|10 September 1978||New Haven||New Haven Coliseum|
|12 September 1978||Indianapolis||Indiana Convention Center|
|14 September 1978||Detroit||Cobo Center|
|15 September 1978||Richfield||Richfield Coliseum|
|16 September 1978||St. Louis||Checkerdome|
|17 September 1978||Kansas City||Kansas City Municipal Arena|
|18 September 1978||Tulsa||Tulsa Assembly Center|
|21 September 1978||Bakersfield||Bakersfield Convention Center|
|22 September 1978||Fresno||Selland Arena|
|23 September 1978||Anaheim||Anaheim Stadium (Summerfest)|
|24 September 1978|
|26 September 1978||Vancouver||Canada||Pacific Coliseum|
|27 September 1978||Portland||United States||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|28 September 1978||Spokane||Spokane Coliseum|
|29 September 1978||Seattle||Seattle Center Arena|
|30 September 1978|
|Europe (2nd leg)|
|9 October 1978||Hamburg||Germany||Audimax Theatre|
|10 October 1978||Essen||Grugahalle|
|11 October 1978||Offenbach||Stadthalle Offenbach|
|13 October 1978||Uhingen||Haldenberg Hall|
|14 October 1978||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle|
|15 October 1978||Kuernach||Kuernach Hall|
|17 October 1978||Neunkirchen||Hemmerleinhalle|
|18 October 1978||Bad Rappenau||Bad Rappenau Sports Hall|
|20 October 1978||Cambrai||France||Grottos Palace|
|North America (2nd leg)|
|3 November 1978||St. Petersburg||United States||Bayfront Center|
|4 November 1978||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum|
|5 November 1978||Pembroke Pines||Hollywood Sportatorium|
|8 November 1978||Birmingham||Boutwell Memorial Auditorium|
|10 November 1978||Memphis||Mid-South Coliseum|
|11 November 1978||Cincinnati||Riverfront Coliseum|
|12 November 1978||Nashville||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|13 November 1978||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum|
|14 November 1978||Mobile||Mobile Municipal Arena|
|15 November 1978||Huntsville||Von Braun Center|
|17 November 1978||Austin||Austin Municipal Auditorium|
|18 November 1978||Midland||Chaparral Center|
|19 November 1978||Amarillo||Amarillo Civic Center|
|20 November 1978||Oklahoma City||Myriad Convention Center|
|22 November 1978||Corpus Christi||Memorial Coliseum|
|23 November 1978||Houston||Sam Houston Coliseum|
|24 November 1978||San Antonio||San Antonio Convention Center Arena|
|25 November 1978||Dallas||Dallas Convention Center Arena|
|26 November 1978|
|28 November 1978||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|29 November 1978||Ogden||Dee Events Center|
|1 December 1978||San Bernardino||Swing Auditorium|
|2 December 1978||Oakland||Oakland Arena|
|3 December 1978||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena (Van Halen's last 1978 show)|
|4 December 1978||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|5 December 1978||Phoenix||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|7 December 1978||Abilene||Taylor County Expo Center|
|8 December 1978||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|10 December 1978||Albuquerque||Johnson Gymnasium (Ozzy's last shows until "Live Aid" (7/13/1985))|
|11 December 1978|
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