NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Black Sabbath has officially canceled the lion's share of their reunion tour with the band playing only one of their scheduled dates at the Download Festival in the UK as the band's guitarist Tommy Iommi continues his battle with lymphoma.
However, the band has announced that frontman Ozzy will now perform at a majority of the previously scheduled dates, though billed as Ozzy & Friends.
These "first ever" Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by "special guest" musicians including Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former OZZY band member Zakk Wylde.In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other "special guests" set to join the tour at various stops along the way.
According to a post on the band's website, Iommi continues to make progress with his health issues and is looking forward to getting back on the road.
The 2012 tour dates are as follows:
6/10 – Donnington UK – Download Festival
OZZY AND FRIENDS
Wed 5/23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Fri 5/25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
Sun 5/27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
Tue 5/29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
Thu 5/31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
Sat 6/2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
Mon 6/4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhall
Wed 6/6 – Prague, Czech Rep – O2 Arena
Fri 6/15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
Sun 6/17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Fri 6/22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
Sun 6/24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival
Tue 6/26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
Thu 6/28 – Belgrade, Serbia – USCE Park
Sun 7/1 – Athens, Greece – Rockwave Festival–Terra
-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers