Tony Iommi hints at last Black Sabbath show taking place in Birmingham

Guitarist suggests 'The End Tour' might finish in the band's home town

Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi has hinted that the band’s last ever show might take place in their hometown of Birmingham.

Sabbath are currently on their ‘last tour’ (entitled ‘The End Tour’), though the full extent of the tour – and where it will finish up – has not yet been confirmed. There are currently no confirmed UK dates.

Iommi spoke at an ‘Audience with’ event in the second city yesterday (March 19), in which the Birmingham Mail report that the guitarist said he’d like to finish where we started.


“When we are home where we started, we have always found it a bit nerve-racking, but Birmingham means such a lot to us,” Iommi said at the event, adding “we are off to Australia in a couple of weeks, but it would be nice to think it could finish back where it all started — in Birmingham.”

The current ‘last date’ on Sabbath’s world tour (that has already been announced) is in Phoenix on September 21, but that particular date is not expected to be the last.


Iommi also hinted at the possibility of a live album following the tour, saying: “It’s possible, because we are doing a lot of filming during the tour, too.”

An eight track Sabbath album is to only be available on tour, with Geezer Butler describing the plan to restrict the release late last year.

“We thought we’d put out an album of 13 songs [13], but when we were in the studio we wrote another three songs, which brought it up to 16 and then we left it to Rick Rubin to pick which songs would go on the album, and to give it some light and shade he picked the eight songs that were on the 13 album,” bassist Geezer Butler told Billboard.

“We put a few songs on deluxe versions of the album and then we had the four left over, and we decided to do a gig-only CD.”


The tour has already seen Ozzy Osbourne battle off bronchitis, with a series of shows in Canada having to be cancelled.

The End Tour announcement read:

“Now it ends, the final tour by the greatest metal band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story. Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, The End, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerising production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be the end, the end of one of the most legendary bands in rock’n’roll history… Black Sabbath.”