Although the band has not ruled out ever recording again or the occasional show, this will supposedly be the final world tour.
Sabbath, which formed in 1969 and is credited with creating heavy metal, still features three of the four founding members -- guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler. Drummer Bill Ward sat out the tour over a financial disagreement.
Though Iommi, Osbourne, Butler and Ward are considered the quintessential lineup, the band has been a revolving door with 25 other members over the years, including Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Bev Bevan and Cozy Powell. The one constant throughout has been Iommi.
And, speaking of farewells, a funeral for Geoff Nicholls, the band's touring keyboardist who passed away last month from lung cancer, will be held in Birmingham on February 20th.
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