The Beginning To The End
It’s the beginning of the end. The band, who are recognised as creating heavy metal music, have embarked on their final world tour.
Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will close the final chapter of the Black Sabbath story, playing Perth Arena on Friday 15 April 2016.
With music exploring such themes as war, social chaos, the supernatural, the afterlife and the conflict between good and evil, Black Sabbath have shaped the way for heavy-metal music.
Before you witness the end, let’s take a look back from the beginning…
1968 – Influenced by the bands Led Zeppelin, Cream and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, four musicians from Birmingham, England - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward formed Earth Blues Company also known as Earth.
1969 – After a song idea inspired by an apparition at the foot of Geezer Butler’s bed, the group composed a song about the visit called Black Sabbath, named after the 1963 Boris Karloff film of the same name. The song was greatly received by their audience.
1969 – With another band known as Earth, the group changed their name to the obvious choice: Black Sabbath.
1969 – In November the newly-named band recorded its self-titled debut album in a single session, setting up their gear in a small studio and running through their live set.
1970 – Their debut album Black Sabbath is released on Vertigo in the U.K and included hits The Wizard, N.I.B, Warning and Black Sabbath.
1970 – The band took a similarly quick approach to the recording of Paranoid with the album recorded in just a few days and released in the same year (7 months after their debut album). Paranoid is regarded as the quintessential Black Sabbath album and contains the classic hits Iron Man, Paranoid and War Pigs.
1970 – Black Sabbath kick off their first U.S Tour in Glassboro, New Jersey.
1970/71 – The reaction to Black Sabbath’s first two albums was instant. Black Sabbath reached Number Eight in Britain and stayed in the U.S. charts for 65 weeks. Paranoid peaked at Number 12 in the U.S. and charted for 70 weeks and reached Number One in the U.K for 27 weeks. Both albums were certified gold within a year of release.
1971 – Black Sabbath became an untiring road band, touring constantly and playing many of the early-seventies rock festivals.
1971/72 – Black Sabbath released Master of Reality in 1971 and Vol. 4 in 1972 with both albums showing notable changes of pace with the ballads Solitude, Changes and the instrumental tracks Orchid and Laguna Sunrise, as well as the heavy metal classics Children of the Grave, After Forever, Snowblind and Supernaut.
1973 – The group’s fifth album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was released and showed further signs of growth and experimentation. Material for the album was written and rehearsed at a haunted castle in Wales.
1975/76 - Black Sabbath released their sixth studio album, Sabotage (1975) and their seventh album Technical Ecstasy (1976) while still touring and living life on the road.
1978 – The band released the album Never Say Die! In the same year, founding band member Ozzy Osbourne quit the band following the Never Say Die! Tour and going on to a highly successful solo career.
1980-1989 – Without Ozzy Osbourne and with Tommy Iommi at the helm, Black Sabbath continued through a succession of lineup changes, touring and releasing a number of albums including Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Headless Cross (1989), with and without Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.
1997– The original foursome of Black Sabbath reunite for a pair of stadium shows in Birmingham (filmed, recorded and released in 1998 as Reunion).
1999 -2005 – The band reunites again for performances at Ozzfest the music festival launched by the band’s own Ozzy Osbourne. The founding members performed as Black Sabbath for the festival in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
2006 – Black Sabbath is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 21st annual induction dinner with Metallica as the presenter.
2013 – Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Iommi release the reunion album 13.
2015 – Black Sabbath announces The End world tour, with Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Iommi reuniting for the farewell tour.
Don’t miss your final chance to see Black Sabbath when they play Perth Arena on Friday 15 April. Tickets and VIP Packages are available now through Ticketek.