Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath played their last ever show on Saturday (February 4) in their hometown of Birmingham. The Ozzy Osbourne led four-piece gave one of their best ever performances to a packed NEC Arena, ending their huge 81 date farewell tour.
Black Sabbath are considered the founders of modern day heavy metal. Since their formation in 1968, the band have become one of the biggest selling rock acts of all time and boast one of the most dedicated fan bases of any contemporary artist.
Over the course of their almost 50 year career, Sabbath have embarked on an incredible 30 feature length tours.
Fans couldn’t quite believe the news when the band announced that their most recent ‘The End Tour’ would be the last time that they would play together live; however, in many ways, it is remarkable that they actually made it to 2017 at all.
As well as being well known for their iconic sound and image, Sabbath remain one of the most volatile bands in rock and roll history. For a significant period of time, the band experienced numerous problems that could have spelled the end. From reckless heavy drug use and arguments with record labels, to a number of highly publicised disputes within the band itself, Sabbath barely managed to keep the engine running through multiple line-up changes and creative differences.
The band released their most recent album ’13’ back in 2013.Shortly after the release of the record it was announced that Sabbath would be officially disbanding following a world tour. One of the reasons behind the decision was the ongoing health problems of guitarist Tony Iommi, whom is currently in remission after battling cancer for a number of years.
Here is the full set list from Sabbath’s last ever gig:
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘Under the Sun / Every Day Comes and Goes’
‘Into the Void’
‘Hand of Doom’
‘Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania’ (medley)
‘Children of the Grave’