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The End Tour
Tour by Black Sabbath
LocationNorth America
South America
Associated album The End
Start date20 January 2016 (2016-01-20)
End date4 February 2017 (2017-02-04)
No. of shows41 in North America
7 in Oceania
26 in Europe
7 in South America
81 total
Box office$85 million
Black Sabbath concert chronology

The End Tour was the farewell tour of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featuring founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The tour concluded Sabbath's 40+ year career. The final show was 4 February 2017, in their home city of Birmingham, UK. [1]

A farewell tour is a concert or show tour intended to signal the retirement of a singer, a disbanding of a band, or the end of a show's run. Many of the tours end up not being the last tour, with frequent regroupings, or revivals of shows. Notable farewell tours include:

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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, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler 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.




Ozzy Osbourne at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham Ozzy Farewell 2017.jpg
Ozzy Osbourne at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham
Tommy Clufetos at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham Clufetos Sabbath 2017.jpg
Tommy Clufetos at the last concert, 4 February 2017, Birmingham

Initial dates were announced in a video posted on the band's YouTube channel on 3 September 2015 with more dates announced in October 2015. [2] [3] As with the previous tour, Tommy Clufetos filled in for original drummer Bill Ward, due to the latter's departure and animosity towards singer Ozzy Osbourne. [4] An eight-track EP, entitled The End , was released to coincide with this tour and was only available at shows. Rival Sons were the sole support act for all of Black Sabbath's headlining shows. [5] [6] Five Finger Death Punch originally planned to join the oceanic leg of the tour, but canceled following Ivan Moody's Hospitalization. [7] Osbourne said of the farewell tour, "this is it, it's definitely run its course". [8]

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The tour concluded on 4 February 2017 with the final two gigs being played in the band's native Birmingham. The last show was streamed live on the band's Facebook page. [8] Prior to the gig, Ozzy discussed his emotions he was feeling, suggesting he would cry after the farewell. [9] Osbourne was adamant this is the end, [10] but intends to carry on with solo work, [9] having already returned following a 1992 'final' solo tour. [9] Iommi confirmed no more world tours, but remains open to a new album or one-off show. [10] Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, and the toll of touring on his health was the main reason to end touring. [11] Osbourne had intended to say something to the crowd but did not prepare a speech. [9] He closed the show with a simple statement to the crowd "Thank you, goodnight, thank you so much." [8] [12]

Birmingham Major city in the English Midlands, 2nd highest population of UK cities

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Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne 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 helped record 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

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

Lead guitar is a musical part for a guitar in which the guitarist plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure. The lead is the featured guitar, which usually plays single-note-based lines or double-stops. In rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, punk, fusion, some pop, and other music styles, lead guitar lines are usually supported by a second guitarist who plays rhythm guitar, which consists of accompaniment chords and riffs.


Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenueOpening actsAttendance/Capacity [14] Revenue [14]
North America
20 January 2016 Omaha United States CenturyLink Center Omaha Rival Sons [15] 10,317 / 13,681$875,263
22 January 2016 Chicago United Center 14,517 / 15,648$1,525,127
25 January 2016 Minneapolis Target Center 10,871 / 12,928$965,445
27 January 2016 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre
6 February 2016 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome 17,480 / 18,284$1,465,059
9 February 2016 San Jose SAP Center 12,226 / 13,533$1,182,483
11 February 2016 Inglewood The Forum 14,013 / 14,013$1,237,836
13 February 2016 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center 8,555 / 9,283$962,808
15 February 2016 Denver Pepsi Center 12,257 / 14,280$1,202,717
17 February 2016 Kansas City Sprint Center 10,715 / 13,115$868,001
19 February 2016 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 13,030 / 14,231$1,204,212
21 February 2016 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre 13,575 / 14,287$1,039,540
23 February 2016 Montreal Bell Centre 13,840 / 15,043$1,079,950
25 February 2016 New York City United States Madison Square Garden 29,411 / 29,411$3,471,530
27 February 2016
2 March 2016 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
4 March 2016 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
7 March 2016 Vancouver Rogers Arena
Oceania [16]
15 April 2016 Perth Australia Perth Arena Rival Sons7,570 / 7,570$795,368
17 April 2016 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
19 April 2016 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 11,778 / 12,256$1,273,680
23 April 2016 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena 13,717 / 13,717$1,458,830
25 April 2016 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 9,623 / 9,623$1,020,320
28 April 2016 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
30 April 2016 Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium
Europe [17]
1 June 2016 Budapest Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena Rival Sons
3 June 2016 Nuremberg Germany Rock im Park N/A
8 June 2016 Berlin Waldbühne Rival Sons
11 June 2016 Castle Donington England Download Festival N/A
13 June 2016 Verona Italy Verona Arena Rival Sons
15 June 2016 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 12,017 / 13,000$1,338,150
17 June 2016 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting N/A
19 June 2016 Clisson France Hellfest
23 June 2016 Halden Norway Tons of Rock
25 June 2016 Copenhagen Denmark Copenhell
28 June 2016 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle Rival Sons
30 June 2016 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
2 July 2016 Kraków Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
5 July 2016 Riga Latvia Arēna Rīga
7 July 2016 Helsinki Finland Kaisaniemi Park N/A
9 July 2016 Stockholm Sweden Friends Arena Volbeat
Rival Sons
12 July 2016 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium Rival Sons
North America [18]
17 August 2016 Wantagh United States Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Rival Sons
19 August 2016 Camden BB&T Pavilion
21 August 2016 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
23 August 2016 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
25 August 2016 Mansfield Xfinity Center
27 August 2016 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 7,361 / 7,373$1,013,384
29 August 2016 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
31 August 2016 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
2 September 2016 Noblesville Klipsch Music Center
4 September 2016 Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7 September 2016 Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 September 2016 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater
11 September 2016 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
13 September 2016 Ridgefield Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
15 September 2016 Oakland Oracle Arena 10,307 / 12,722$955,430
17 September 2016Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 10,718 / 11,835$1,025,145
19 September 2016 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 16,338 / 16,338$1,573,560
21 September 2016 Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion 13,728 / 19,954$713,423
24 September 2016 San Bernardino San Manuel Amphitheater N/A
8 November 2016 Tulsa BOK Center Rival Sons
10 November 2016 Houston Toyota Center 10,585 / 11,484$956,628
12 November 2016 San Antonio AT&T Center 12,405 / 14,316$1,222,412
16 November 2016 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol 60,506 / 62,423$2,720,454
South America
19 November 2016 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional Rival Sons
23 November 2016 Córdoba Argentina Orfeo Superdomo
26 November 2016 Buenos Aires José Amalfitani Stadium
28 November 2016 Porto Alegre Brazil Estacionamento da Fiergs15,298 / 29,960$1,079,100
30 November 2016 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski 22,934 / 25,000$2,094,680
2 December 2016 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose 26,764 / 35,000$2,173,890
4 December 2016 São Paulo Estádio do Morumbi 64,744 / 65,596$5,502,050
17 January 2017 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena Rival Sons
20 January 2017 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
22 January 2017 Manchester England Manchester Arena 14,886 / 15,425$1,336,720
24 January 2017 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro 10,029 / 10,955$930,968
26 January 2017 Leeds England First Direct Arena
29 January 2017 London The O2 30,370 / 35,097$2,724,560
31 January 2017
2 February 2017 Birmingham Genting Arena
4 February 2017
Total514,610 / 570,504$41,817,435


The tour grossed $84.8 million, with 1,074,495 tickets sold from 74 shows. [19] [20] [21]

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