BLACK SABBATH stopped its show last night at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan after the fourth song to recognize guitarist Tony Iommi’s 68th birthday. After band introductions, SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne led the crowd in a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long while a cake was brought out onstage.
Iommi said in a September 2015 interview with the Birmingham Mail, that the band’s current farewell tour, which began in January, is truly its last because he is not physically capable of doing it any longer, saying, “I can’t actually do this anymore. My body won’t take it much more.” Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and was treated all through SABBATH’s extensive 2013 world tour, admitted that he was worried the rigors of the road could bring the disease back. “I don’t want that creeping back again, and all the traveling involved in SABBATH tours increasingly takes its toll. That’s why we’re going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end. We won’t be doing it again.”
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