WATCH: Black Sabbath Officially Call it Quits
By: Maura O'Malley
After 49 years together, Black Sabbath has confirmed that they’ve officially broken up.
The obituary-style announcement was posted on Tuesday, March 7, and resulted in thousands of comments of praise, sadness, and for some, shock.
When Sabbath initially announced their farewell tour, THE END Tour, many fans grew over-confident—tons of bands announce they’re “done” … and then resurface months to years later. So Tuesday’s post seemed all too real.
These guys are legendary—and by legendary, I mean probably one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time. They’ve released just under 20 studio albums over their nearly 50 years together, with a career both starting—and ending—in Birmingham, England, where they performed the final leg of their farewell tour.
For the last song of their final tour, the band performed “Paranoid.” While the filming doesn’t begin to do it justice, you can catch the final song and bow at Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham on February 4, 2017 below.
Now, here’s a 1970 performance of the same song, which the band performed on the U.K. show Top of the Pops. Despite the fact that Ozzy received quite a bit of flak for being nearly unintelligible on his family’s reality show, The Osbournes, it’s safe to say that his 2017 performance of “Paranoid” proves he’s still got it, as it wasn’t too far off from the 1970 performance below.
It might be #TheEnd, Sabbath, but your legacy lives on forever.