Black Sabbath’s reunion tour was originally planned as a celebratory retrospective of the career of these heavy metal pioneers. However, it has recently been announced that Black Sabbath will not be honoring its legacy, instead touring under the name “Ozzy and Friends.”
Currently, one Black Sabbath concert will be happening under the original name (at Download Festival in June), with a lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, and Geezer Bulter. In total, there have been five gig cancellations under the “Ozzy and Friends” name, but the group has made up for their losses, booking performances at Norway’s Bergen Calling and Italy’s Gods of Metal festival. Evidently, these performances will include “friends” such as Zakk Wylde and Slash, however, there is still ongoing controversy regarding the name change.