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|Promotional tour by Black Sabbath|
|Associated album||Technical Ecstasy|
|Start date||22 October 1976|
|End date||22 April 1977|
|Legs||2 in North America|
2 in Europe
|No. of shows||83 (87 scheduled)|
|Black Sabbath concert chronology|
Having toned down the band's 'black magic' image for Technical Ecstasy, Geezer Butler assured Circus , "Parents can take their kids to our shows now."Opening acts included Ted Nugent.
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.
Circus was a monthly American magazine devoted to rock music. It was published from 1966 to 2006. In its heyday the magazine had a full-time editorial staff that included some of the biggest names in rock journalism, such as Paul Nelson, Judy Wieder, David Fricke, and Kurt Loder, and rivaled Rolling Stone in sales and surpassed Creem. In 1974, a sister publication was launched, titled Circus Raves, but by 1977 that venture had been abandoned.
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A notorious encounter occurred between Geezer Butler and Malcolm Young of support band AC/DC when the tour reached Europe. "Flick-knives were banned in England," Butler recalled, "but, when we were playing in Switzerland, I bought one. I was just flicking it, when Malcolm Young came up to me and started slagging Sabbath… He came over and said, 'You must think you're big, having a flick-knife.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' And that was it. Nobody got hurt."
Malcolm Mitchell Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring in 2014 due to health reasons. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal. The group themselves tend to reject genre labels and have described themselves as "a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less".
A switchblade is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button, lever, or switch on the handle or bolster is stroked. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened position. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.
AC/DC's support slot had, in any case, begun inauspiciously. "All the gear was blowing up," reported Angus Young of their first show, in Paris. "We played about twenty minutes then destroyed the stage."
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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".
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.
William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!. Ward is known for his very unorthodox style of playing the drums, often using snare-drills and tempo-drop to match both vocals and riff.
"Supertzar" [Audio Introduction]
"Supertzar" [Audio Introduction]
|North America (1st leg)|
|22 October 1976||Tulsa||United States||Tulsa Assembly Center Arena|
|23 October 1976||Houston||Sam Houston Coliseum|
|24 October 1976||San Antonio||Convention Center Arena|
|26 October 1976||Dallas||Dallas Memorial Auditorium|
|28 October 1976||Des Moines||Veterans Memorial Audtiorium|
|29 October 1976||Lincoln||Pershing Memorial Auditorium|
|30 October 1976||Kansas City||Memorial Hall|
|31 October 1976||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|1 November 1976||Phoenix||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|2 November 1976||San Francisco||Winterland Ballroom|
|3 November 1976||Santa Monica||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium|
|5 November 1976||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|6 November 1976||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|7 November 1976||San Bernardino||Swing Auditorium|
|9 November 1976||Fresno||Selland Arena|
|11 November 1976||Portland||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|12 November 1976||Spokane||Spokane Coliseum|
|13 November 1976||Seattle||Seattle Center Arena|
|23 November 1976||Knoxville||Knoxville Civic Coliseum|
|24 November 1976||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|25 November 1976||Charleston||Charleston Civic Center|
|26 November 1976||Detroit||Cobo Center|
|28 November 1976||Richfield||Richfield Coliseum|
|29 November 1976||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|30 November 1976||Kalamazoo||Wings Stadium|
|1 December 1976||Providence||Providence Civic Center|
|2 December 1976|
|3 December 1976||Boston||Boston Garden|
|4 December 1976||Philadelphia||Spectrum|
|6 December 1976||New York||Madison Square Garden|
|7 December 1976||Springfield||Civic Center|
|8 December 1976||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|9 December 1976||Landover||Capital Centre|
|10 December 1976||Niagara Falls||Niagara Falls Convention Center|
|11 December 1976||New Haven||New Haven Coliseum|
|12 December 1976||Syracuse||War Memorial Auditorium|
|North America (2nd leg)|
|20 January 1977||Miami||Miami Jai-Alai Fronton Arena|
|21 January 1977||Jacksonville||United States||Coliseum|
|23 January 1977||Tampa||USF Sun Dome|
|25 January 1977||Birmingham||Boutwell Memorial Auditorium|
|26 January 1977||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum|
|28 January 1977||Memphis||Mid-South Coliseum|
|29 January 1977||Charlotte||Charlotte Coliseum|
|30 January 1977||Fayetteville||Cumberland County Memorial Arena|
|2 February 1977||Norfolk, Virginia||Norfolk Scope|
|4 February 1977||Cincinnati||Riverfront Coliseum|
|6 February 1977||Erie||Erie County Field House|
|7 February 1977||Salem||Salem Civic Center|
|9 February 1977||Columbus||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|10 February 1977||Nashville||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|11 February 1977||Terre Haute||Hulman Center|
|12 February 1977||St. Louis||Kiel Auditorium|
|13 February 1977||Springfield||Hammons Student Center|
|14 February 1977||Indianapolis||Indiana Convention Center|
|15 February 1977||Fort Wayne||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|16 February 1977||Little Rock||Barton Coliseum|
|18 February 1977||Lexington||Rupp Arena|
|20 February 1977||San Francisco||Winterland|
|23 February 1977||Inglewood||Inglewood Forum|
|Europe (2nd leg)|
|2 March 1977||Glasgow||Scotland||The Apollo|
|4 March 1977||Newcastle||England||Newcastle City Hall|
|6 March 1977||Stafford||New Bingley Hall|
|7 March 1977||Liverpool||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|9 March 1977||Cardiff||Wales||Capitol Theatre|
|10 March 1977||Southampton||England||Southampton Gaumont Theatre|
|12 March 1977||London||Hammersmith Odeon|
|13 March 1977|
|14 March 1977|
|15 March 1977|
|Europe (2nd leg)|
supported by AC/DC
|5 April 1977||Paris||France||Pavillon de Paris|
|6 April 1977||Colmar||Colmar Expo Hall|
|7 April 1977||Offenbach||Germany||Stadthalle Offenbach (Easter Rock Festival)|
|9 April 1977||Cologne||Sporthalle (Easter Rock Festival)|
|10 April 1977||Nuremberg||Messezentrum (Easter Rock Festival)|
|11 April 1977||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle (Easter Rock Festival)|
|13 April 1977||Thonex||Switzerland||Thonex Party Hall|
|14 April 1977||Zürich||Volkshaus|
|15 April 1977||Odense||Denmark||Fyns Forum|
|16 April 1977||Brussels||Belgium||Cirque Royal|
|17 April 1977||Amsterdam||Netherlands||RAI Arena|
|18 April 1977||Hamburg||Germany||Ernst-Merck-Halle|
|19 April 1977||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falkoner Center|
|21 April 1977||Lund||Sweden||Olympen|
|22 April 1977||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
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