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|Promotional tour by Black Sabbath|
|Start date||14 July 1975|
|End date||13 January 1976|
|Legs||2 in North America|
2 in Europe
|No. of shows||70 (71 scheduled)|
|Black Sabbath concert chronology|
The Sabotage Tour , by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, began on 14 July 1975 and ended on 13 January 1976.
A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.
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.
Kiss supported at a handful of dates on the first and second North American legs."I don't particularly like Kiss," said Tony Iommi the following year. "They're not my type of band at all. Their stage show was done long before by Arthur Brown." "They're laying down what they want to lay down," conceded Bill Ward. "What they're laying down, I don't particularly like. We're not in competition though. We're not out to say, 'We're better than you, Jack.' We did six years of that."
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.
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.
Arthur Wilton Brown is an English rock singer and songwriter best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances and his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice. He has been a significant influence on a wide range of musicians due to his vocal style, wild stage persona, and concepts; he is considered to be a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock and has had an influence on heavy metal music.
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".
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 with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne.
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"Supertzar" [audio introduction]
|North America (1st leg)|
|14 July 1975||Toledo||United States||Toledo Sports Arena|
|16 July 1975||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|17 July 1975|
|19 July 1975||Lincoln||Pershing Center|
|20 July 1975||Minneapolis||Minneapolis Parade Stadium|
|24 July 1975||Atlanta||Municipal Auditorium|
|25 July 1975||Savannah||Savannah Civic Center|
|26 July 1975||Lakeland||Lakeland Center|
|27 July 1975||West Palm Beach||West Palm Beach Auditorium|
|1 August 1975||Detroit||Cobo Center|
|2 August 1975||Baltimore||Baltimore Civic Center|
|3 August 1975||Providence||Providence Civic Center|
|4 August 1975||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|5 August 1975||Asbury Park||Asbury Park Convention Hall|
|6 August 1975||Philadelphia||Spectrum|
|10 August 1975||Hartford||Hartford Civic Center|
|14 August 1975||Boston||Orpheum Theater|
|22 August 1975||San Antonio||San Antonio Municipal Auditorium|
|23 August 1975||Houston||Sam Houston Coliseum|
|24 August 1975||Dallas||Dallas Memorial Auditorium|
|26 August 1975||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|27 August 1975||Albuquerque||Albuquerque Civic Auditorium|
|28 August 1975||Tucson||Tucson Community Center|
|30 August 1975||Sacramento||Sacramento Exhibition Hall|
|31 August 1975||San Francisco||Winterland Ballroom|
|1 September 1975||Madera||Madera Speedway (Madera Speedway Jam)|
|3 September 1975||Inglewood||Inglewood Forum|
|4 September 1975||Santa Monica||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Don Kirshner's Rock Concert)|
|5 September 1975||San Bernardino||Orange Stadium (Starlite Festival)|
|6 September 1975||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|7 September 1975||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|8 September 1975||Las Vegas||Rotunda|
|11 September 1975||Spokane||Spokane Coliseum|
|12 September 1975||Seattle||Seattle Center Arena|
|13 September 1975||Portland||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|14 September 1975||Vancouver||Canada||Pacific Coliseum|
|Winnipeg||Winnipeg Convention Center|
|Europe (1st Leg)|
|9 October 1975||Liverpool||England||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|10 October 1975||Birmingham||Birmingham Odeon|
|11 October 1975||Southampton||Southampton Gaumont Theatre|
|12 October 1975||Bristol||Colston Hall|
|15 October 1975||Bradford||St George's Hall|
|16 October 1975||Sheffield||Sheffield City Hall|
|18 October 1975||Newcastle||Newcastle City Hall|
|19 October 1975||Glasgow||Scotland||The Apollo|
|21 October 1975||Lewisham||England||Lewisham Odeon|
|22 October 1975||Hammersmith||Hammersmith Odeon|
|26 October 1975||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falkoner Center|
|27 October 1975||Gothenburg||Sweden||Scandinavium|
|29 October 1975||Offenbach||Germany||Stadthalle Offenbach|
|30 October 1975||Munich||Circus Krone Building|
|1 November 1975||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle|
|2 November 1975||Düsseldorf||Philips Hall|
|3 November 1975||Paris||France||Palais De La Mutualitè|
|4 November 1975||The Hague||Netherlands||Circustheater|
|21 November 1975||Kilburn||England||Gaumont State Cinema|
|22 November 1975||Cardiff||Wales||Capitol Theatre|
|North America (2nd leg)|
|2 December 1975||Springfield||United States||Springfield Civic Center|
|3 December 1975||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|5 December 1975||Indianapolis||Indianapolis Convention Center Arena|
|6 December 1975||Johnson City||Freedom Hall Civic Center|
|7 December 1975||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum|
|9 December 1975||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|12 December 1975||Syracuse||Onondaga County War Memorial Arena|
|13 December 1975||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|14 December 1975||Albany||Palace Theater|
|Europe (2nd leg)|
|8 January 1976||Portsmouth||England||Portsmouth Guildhall|
|9 January 1976||Ipswich||Ipswich Gaumont Theatre|
|10 January 1976||Southend||Kursaal|
|11 January 1976||Birmingham||Birmingham Odeon|
|13 January 1976||Hammersmith||Hammersmith Odeon|
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