Black Sabbath

Music, Punk and metal
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Black Sabbath
Photograph: courtesy Live Nation Entertainment Black Sabbath

The three-fourths of the original Black Sabbath lineup—Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, minus drummer Bill Ward—issued a highly impressive Rick Rubin–helmed comeback, 13, in 2013, followed by a multi-leg world tour. Now, the first and greatest heavy-metal band, plus fill-in drummer Tommy Clufetos, hits the road for what it claims will be its final trek. Prepare to tremble before immortal classics such as "Black Sabbath" and "Iron Man," and hear a few of the new joints as well.


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Three quarters of Black Sabbath are currently on the farewell tour perfectly named "The End".  Opening the show with the first song off their first album, "Black Sabbath", these pioneers of metal still have enough juice to power through a set of songs that are almost 50 years old.  Although most people view Ozzy Osbourne as the bumbling father of the Osbournes, he is still a dynamic and engaging front man.  Playing only songs off their first 8 albums, they powered through songs like "Hand of Doom" and "N.I.B.".  Although Bill Ward, the original drummer, is alive and well, he did not perform due to some contract issues.  Considering the name of this tour, he probably should have thought twice about his decision.