Technical Ecstasy Tour

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Technical Ecstasy Tour
Promotional tour by Black Sabbath
LocationNorth America
Associated album Technical Ecstasy
Start date22 October 1976 (1976-10-22)
End date22 April 1977 (1977-04-22)
Legs2 in North America
2 in Europe
4 total
No. of shows83 (87 scheduled)
Black Sabbath concert chronology



North America leg

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." [1] Opening acts included Ted Nugent.

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.

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.

Ted Nugent American rock musician

Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.


Europe leg

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." [2]

Malcolm Young Australian guitarist

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 Australian hard rock band formed in Sydney in 1973

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".

Switchblade type of knife

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." [3]

Angus Young Scottish Australian guitarist

Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and only constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and his own version of Chuck Berry's duckwalk. Young was ranked 24th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all-time list.


Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

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".

Tony Iommi British guitarist and composer

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.

Bill Ward (musician) English musician

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.


Tour dates

Date [4] [5] [6] CityCountryVenue
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 1976San 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 1976New York Madison Square Garden
7 December 1976Springfield 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 1977San 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 1977London Hammersmith Odeon
13 March 1977
14 March 1977
15 March 1977
Europe (2nd leg)
supported by AC/DC
5 April 1977ParisFrance 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 SwitzerlandThonex Party Hall
14 April 1977 Zürich Volkshaus
15 April 1977 Odense DenmarkFyns Forum
16 April 1977 Brussels Belgium Cirque Royal
17 April 1977 Amsterdam NetherlandsRAI 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
24 April 1977 Helsinki Finland House of Culture

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