August 17th-September 24th
A couple years shy of their 50th anniversary, Black Sabbath will continue their long goodbye in August for what may be their last-ever trek across North America. As with the first leg of the tour – a farewell jaunt ominously dubbed "The End" – this past winter, founding members Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler will be joined by touring drummer Tommy Clufetos (original drummer Bill Ward is not participating due to a contract dispute). But lineup changes have not stymied the heavy-metal firebrands from putting on stunning shows filled with their headbangingest hits ("Iron Man," "Paranoid," "War Pigs") and doomiest deep cuts ("Hand of Doom," "Dirty Women"). And despite the grandness of staging a farewell tour – the group has yet to confirm its last-ever concert – Osbourne says it's not about legacy. To him, it's about honoring the fans. "The very fact that people remember us today is enough for me," he says. "There ain't many bands that I know that have lasted as long as Black Sabbath have and are still considered somewhat relevant."