Black Sabbath has announced via the band’s Facebook page that the legendary metal group was forced to postpone two shows in Canada as frontman Ozzy Osbourne battles an illness. The first, a date in Edmonton, was originally scheduled for last night, Jan. 30. The announcement that the show had been postponed was a huge disappointment for fans with tickets, as it came just hours before the band was scheduled to hit the stage. The show set for Feb. 1 in Calgary has also been postponed.
The announcement reads: “Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed. Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.”
As indicated by the Facebook post, no dates have been rescheduled as of yet, but the band assured fans that new dates will be announced as soon as the details can be worked out. The announcement was also posted on Ozzy’s official website this morning.
The tour, dubbed “The End,” will be Black Sabbath’s final tour, according to an announcement from the band last year. Sabbath had also announced plans for a final studio album, but decided to scrap that album in order to concentrate on the tour. Following the first North American portion of the tour, Sabbath will tour in Australia and Europe, and then return to the US for another North American leg in August. Show dates are currently scheduled through Sept. 21 in Phoenix, AZ, but there are reports that new dates will be added, and the tour will continue into 2017.
Sabbath promises fans concerts that will “surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.” The list of shows currently scheduled can be found here.