Black Sabbath Touring Career Concludes With Hometown Show in Birmingham, England [Update]
UPDATE: Since we ran this story, Black Sabbath uploaded quality footage of their final song and bow, which can be seen in the video above.
It's over! The final note has rung out on Black Sabbath's touring career. The band just completed their performance at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England, finishing out their evening with one of the biggest hits of their career, "Paranoid." See footage above.
After a blistering solo by Tony Iommi to finish out the song, the crowd erupted into cheers with chants of "one more song," but Ozzy, Tony and Geezer Butler were set to say their farewells and gathered at center stage in a hug, posing one last time for fans. As a puff of smoke from the band's pyro rose above the stage, Ozzy Osbourne concluded, "Thank you, good night." See footage of the final moments via the band's tweet below.
The show opened strong with Sabbath kicking off the night with the titular "Black Sabbath" and "Fairies Wear Boots." The band took the opportunity on multiple occasions to blend tracks together, with "Under the Sun" and "Every Day Comes and Goes" being knocked up against each other, while a medley of "Supernaut," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Megalomania" came later in the show.
During "Snowblind," there was time for band introductions, and later in the evening Tommy Clufetos, who has been touring as the group's drummer in Bill Ward's absence, got to showcase his skills during a drum solo tied into "Rat Salad."
It was definitely a festive occasion, with purple and black balloons being dropped upon the crowd and knocked about during the latter portion of the set, while the stage show included plenty of pyro lighting up, especially as they concluded the body of the set on "Children of the Grave." As the band left the stage, cries of "one more song" got them back out for the "Paranoid" encore.
See fan shot footage of "Under the Sun" and "Paranoid" below the set list.
Black Sabbath's Final Show - Genting Arena, Birmingham, England Set List
1. "Black Sabbath"
2. "Fairies Wear Boots"
3. "Under the Sun / Every Day Comes and Goes"
4. "After Forever"
5. "Into the Void"
7. "War Pigs"
9. "Hand of Doom"
10. "Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania" (medley)
11. "Rat Salad" (with Tommy Clufetos drum solo)
12. "Iron Man"
13. "Dirty Women"
14. "Children of the Grave"
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