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Black Sabbath to embark on farewell tour next year

From left, Musicians Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, winners of best metal performance for "God Is Dead?" pose in the press room during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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After five decades, Black Sabbath will launch a farewell tour next year.

The heavy metal band starring Ozzy Osbourne announced dates for its The End tour, which kicks off Jan. 20, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler will visit 17 North American cities before heading to Australia and New Zealand for seven shows. More concerts will be announced next month.

Original drummer Bill Ward, who had a falling out with Osbourne, is not part of the tour.

The Grammy-winning group released its self-titled debut album in 1970. They are pioneers of heavy metal music.

Black Sabbath said in a statement: "It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard..."When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of the most legendary bands in Rock 'n Roll history."

It's the Beginning of THE END.It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and...

Posted by Black Sabbath on Thursday, September 3, 2015