Tony Iommi on The End of Black Sabbath... Or is it?
“Afterwards, nobody knew what to say to each other”: Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi reflects on life after The End
Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, The End, wound up in the band’s home city of Birmingham on Saturday, February 4, a little more than a year after it had begun in Omaha, Nebraska. Streamed live on the group’s Facebook page, the 15-song performance was their second at Birmingham’s 15,700-capacity Genting Arena, bringing to an end an 81-show tour around the globe that also visited North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
After the final notes of show closer Paranoid faded away, guitarist Tony Iommi read out a simple statement to the audience: “Thank you, goodnight. Thank you so much.”
Photographer Ross Halfin was at many of the shows, and here we present a selection of his photos. A few days after the second Birmingham show Iommi called Classic Rock to talk about the tour and also tackle the rumours concerning the futures of himself and Sabbath as a band. Touchingly, he also greeted us warmly with the words: “I’m so glad Classic Rock has started up again. Without a doubt that’s the best magazine out there.”