Black Sabbath to play ‘farewell’ show at Ozzfest in Japan

It's not known whether this will be the band's final show or simply their last in Japan

Black Sabbath have announced a “farewell” gig set to take place in Japan.

The performance will be at the Tokyo leg of Ozzfest on November 22. The news was announced by Sharon Osbourne in a Youtube video. It’s not yet known whether this will be the band’s final show or simply their last in Japan.

Black Sabbath will release one final album in 2015, the follow up to their 2013 album ’13’. Talking about the new material, which is being recorded with The Cult and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne recently said: “Black Sabbath is slow and demonic; Tony Iommi is untouchable for that kind of stuff. My stuff is more melodic, more structured of a song. It’s more kind of rock than doom-y music. It’s happier, kind of.”

Frontman Osbourne says he understands his bandmates desire to stop touring but that he is not ready to give up yet.”[This will be] our last hurrah… Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing,” says Osbourne revealing that he is “in the process of collecting stuff that I’m writing” for his next solo effort.

Black Sabbath have released 13 studio albums since forming in 1968. The current line up of the band sees Iommi and Osbourne joined by third original member Geezer Butler on bass.

Butler was arrested following a bar brawl in Death Valley, California. He was in the Corkscrew Saloon bar when a fight broke out on earlier this year (January 27). He was arrested on charges of misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism.