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Sabbath: The Final Lap Begins

But don’t expect a new album.

Black Sabbath have begun rehearsing for their final world tour, dubbed The End, which includes an appearance at the Download Festival in June.

In the absence of original drummer Bill Ward, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – here photographed exclusively for Classic Rock by Ross Halfin at the warm-up sessions in Los Angeles – are working again with Tommy Clufetos, who was with them for their previous set of shows.  

The first performance of the tour is in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20, and it now seems almost certain that there will not be a full-length new album to accompany the dates, despite the fact that five tracks recorded for Sabbath’s 2013 album 13 remain unreleased. Osbourne explains that the reasons are twofold.

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