Black Sabbath Confirm One World Tour Date And Replace Rest With ‘Ozzy & Friends’

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath have reworked their summer reunion gig schedule as guitarist Tony Iommi continues to battle lymphoma. The metal legends, who announced they were reuniting with their original line-up last year, will still headline Download festival on June 10 but have replaced many of their previously announced European festival dates with Ozzy & Friends gigs. The shows will see frontman Ozzy Osbourne joined by special guests including Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Geezer Butler and Zakk Wylde. In a statement on their official website,, the band said Iommi was making “excellent progress” and said he was “looking forward to getting back on the road”.

It added the group had reworked their plans to avoid “[letting] the promoters and fans down” and confirmed they were continuing to work on new material for a forthcoming album. Black Sabbath are currently in a dispute with original drummer Bill Ward over their reunion plans. Earlier this month, Ward released a statement revealing he was unhappy with the contract for the band’s new album and world tour and claimed he would not take part in the new album sessions and shows if a ‘fair agreement’ was not met. A subsequent statement from Osbourne, Iommi and Butler indicated they would carry on regardless of Ward’s involvement. In another Facebook post, Ward denied he had pulled out of the reunion, but said he was waiting to receive a “signable contract”. He added:

“Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to reach an agreement”.

Ozzy & Friends/Black Sabbath will play the following dates:

23rd Helsinki Hartwall Arena
25th Stockholm Stadium
27th Denmark Jelling Festival
29th Norway Bergen Calling Festival
31st Oslo Spektrum

2nd Malmo Stadium
4th Dortmund Westhalenhalle
6th O2 Arena Prague
*10th Download festival (Black Sabbath show)
15th Spain Azkena Rock Festival
17th France Clisson Hellfest
22nd Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
24th Italy Gods Of Metal Festival
26th Vienna Stadthalle
28th Belgrade USCE Park

1st Greece Rockwave Festival-Terra


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