Footage from Black Sabbath’s very last show has made its way online. The gig took place on Saturday 4th February, the culmination of a 13 month long farewell tour, titled ‘The End’. An emotional farewell for both the band and fans, the gig saw Black Sabbath’s near 50 year career come to an end, at least for the time being. Sabbath have said that the main reason for calling it a day is guitarist Tony Iommi’s health; he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and, although currently in remission, he’s unable to tour for extended periods.
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Iommi has recently said in interview that the band are open to the idea of playing more shows and perhaps even recording more material, but that extensive tours are now out of the question. Iommi commented in interview with Planetrock, “I’m going to miss playing on stage because that has been my whole life, the band and playing on stage. […] I’m sure we might do a one-off show somewhere.”
Fittingly, Sabbath played their last official gig in the place where it all began for them, Birmingham. Tickets for the near 16,000 capacity venue sold out in a matter of minutes, months in advance of the show. The band played a 16 song set, featuring a one song encore of perhaps their best known, ‘Paranoid’.