The original Black Sabbath line-up have had to cancel all live dates this summer, except Download Festival, due to Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma cancer.
Through a statement on their official website the band said Ozzy Osbourne will now perform all other scheduled dates billed as ‘Ozzy & Friends‘. Ozzy will be joined by Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and Ozzy band member Zakk Wylde.
Slash and other ‘special guest’ musicians are expected to join Ozzy & Friends for select dates of the tour.
The official Black Sabbath statement reads: “At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer´s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.’s Download Festival.
“So as not to let the promoters and fans down, Ozzy Osbourne will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as Ozzy & Friends. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and long-time former Ozzy band member Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by long-time collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way.
“Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the U.K. for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.”
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The Black Sabbath dates affected that will now feature ‘Ozzy & Friends‘ in the bands place are:
Wed 5/23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Fri 5/25 – Stockholm, Sweden -Stadium
Sun 5/27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
Tue 5/29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
Thu 5/31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
Sat 6/2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
Mon 6/4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Wed 6/6 – Prague, Czech Rep – O2 Arena
Fri 6/15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
Sun 6/17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Fri 6/22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
Sun 6/24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival
Tue 6/26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle