Black Sabbath took their farewell tour, ‘The End,’ to Chicago and the reviews are in. See video highlights, setlist and find out what the critics have to say as the iconic heavy metal band embarks on a final tour.
Another legendary band is set to sail off into music history and leave behind 47 years of memory and legacy. Just recently we collectively witnessed the end of Mötley Crüe with the last concert of their ‘Final Tour.’
Now Black Sabbath brings us their Farewell Tour, and the kickoff has now come and gone. The band that got its start way back in 1968 in Birmingham, UK, is now a trio comprised of frontman Ozzy Osbourne along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler after more than enough lineup changes to fill up a Wikipedia page. And quite a long, long several decades it’s been as the band has blazed trails, stirred up controversies, and done virtually everything else we expect rock legends to do.
Are they really retiring? We’ll not know until it actually happens as, unlike Mötley Crüe, there’s no legally binding document commanding them to disband. But there is an album ‘The End’ from which the tour takes its title. Its tracklist boasts no less than four new songs which, predictably have hit the Internet; “Season of the Dead,” “Take Me Home,” “Cry All Night,” and “Isolated Man.” You can hear them below.
Now ‘The End’ the tour is underway. While upwards of a third of the U.S. was entrapped in the massive blizzard known as Winter Storm Jonas, the band had a storm of their own in the Windy City. Yes, Chicago’s United Center where ‘The End’ began, with a massive two-hour long show. And the tour itself is massive and will last well into the next year and take the British rockers all over the world.
As for the critics, here’s a roundup of what they have to say.
“….The set hit most of the high points, which should renew the debate among Sabbath aficionados: What’s the best Iommi riff? Is it the elementally brutal one that courses through “N.I.B.”? The doomy intro that speeds up on “Into the Void”? The gallop he injects into “Children of the Grave”? The stomp of “Iron Man,” so vivid you can practically see the lumbering beast come alive? Butler was equally ferocious on bass, his fingers spider-walking with dexterity as he bridged melody and rhythm with the wah-wah-inflected intro to “N.I.B.” and brought jazzlike dexterity to “Hand of Doom.”….” — Chicago Tribute
“….”Welcome to the end.” Ozzy Osbourne’s introduction to the first of two concerts Black Sabbath will play in Chicago this year on their farewell tour, appropriately named “The End,” came off a lot gloomier than how the group actually sounded last night. From the pulverizing opening tritone of “Black Sabbath” — during which Osbourne lifted his arms like Frankenstein’s creature — to the galloping closing cut “Children of the Grave,” the show was more a celebration of the pioneering heavy-metal band’s legacy than an epitaph…..” –Rolling Stone
“….For this farewell, there were no tearjerker moments, no screening of an overhead highlight reel, and certainly no reminiscing from the stage. Instead, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi appeared on a stage of fog dressed in black as veteran princes of darkness. They’ve been playing those roles since the beginning, in doom-laden rock songs about social injustices, war profiteers, the despondency caused by drugs, and real world demons that are just as relevant today as they were in the psychedelic 1960s….” –The Guardian
Here’s the full setlist:
“Fairies Wear Boots”
“Into the Void”
“Behind the Wall of Sleep”
“Hand of Doom”
Tommy Clufetos drum solo
“God Is Dead?”
“Under the Sun”/”Every Day Comes and Goes”
“Children of the Grave”
You can see the video highlights of Black Sabbath’s ‘The End’ farewell tour kickoff below!