Black Sabbath Farewell Tour Announced, But Who Is Playing Drums?

Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, aptly dubbed The End, is expected to help the iconic heavy metal band go out with a bang. In fact, the farewell tour “promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever,” according to Black Sabbath’s website.

The band announced their farewell tour today via their website. The Black Sabbath’s farewell tour is expected to begin on January 20, with dates already announced in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. More dates will be announced later, according to Rolling Stone.

The announcement on Black Sabbath’s website was filled with much of the drama and excitement that has become characteristic of the legendary heavy metal band. The announcement started with a flashback to the beginning of the band’s history.

“It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.”

The statement ended with information about which band members will participate in Black Sabbath’s final tour.

“Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.”

According to Rolling Stone, it isn’t clear who will play the drums on the Black Sabbath farewell tour. The original drummer, Bill Ward, had a falling out with the other band members and earlier this year told Rolling Stone he wasn’t sure if he was still a member of Black Sabbath or not.

His quick comment to the media outlet indicates that he will not participate on the Black Sabbath farewell tour.

“I wish them well, and I have no further comment.”

In Ward’s absence, Tommy Clufetos has filled in as the Black Sabbath drummer in the past. Whether he will fill in for the final tour has not yet been announced.

Ozzy Osbourne, the iconic and controversial front man for Black Sabbath, will turn 67-years-old in December. Osbourne had hinted at an upcoming Black Sabbath farewell tour and final album last year, but there was no information about an album included in the tour announcement.

See Tony Iommi talk about Black Sabbath’s beginning in the video below. It might be interesting information to know before heading to Black Sabbath’s farewell tour.

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