Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne, has just released a video announcing that Ozzfest will be returning to Japan later this year. She also casually dropped the bombshell that Black Sabbath‘s headlining slot on the second night of the festival will be the band’s farewell performance.
Watch the announcement video here below.
Ozzy himself had previously stated that the band would record one more album and do one last tour. No word, as yet, on whether those plans are still on. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been undergoing treatments for lymphoma since 2012. His health issues did not derail the band from releasing the critically acclaimed comeback album 13.
The legendary Black Sabbath, whose self-titled debut album celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, announced their plans back in November 2011 to reunite the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. It was this incarnation of the group, known as the godfathers of heavy metal, that made songs such as “Iron Man,” “War Pigs” “Paranoid,” and “Sweat Leaf” staples of the hard rock/heavy metal genre. But soon after, Ward announced that he wouldn’t be a part of the reunion album and tour, apparently due to contract disputes. The three remaining members went on to release 13, which was the first album in 35 years to feature Ozzy on vocals and Sabbath supported it with an extensive world tour. Hopefully Ward and the band can work out a deal to have him play the final gig. We’ll keep you posted of any developments on that front.
Ozzfest Japan will take place November 21-22 2015 at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo. Night one of the festival will feature headliners Korn, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first album.