Holy Smoke! or should I say Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! Because indeed Sabbath and Maiden are to share the bill for Download 2016. This is an amazing event as they are my two all time favourite bands.
Not only is this going to be such a momentious occasion, as Bruce will fly the bands Ed force one Double Decker Boeing 747 into Donington East Midlands Airport with band and crew to right next to the festival ground.
And Sabbath sadly have announced that this will indeed be their last foray together as the band will go out in spectacular fashion. The band who started in 1968 have no more plans to be together and the final world tour is upon us.
After reading Kerrang Magazine in this weeks issue, Ozzy is quoted as saying this.
“It’s absolutely the end. After this it’s over!”
How can any of us miss out on this truly remarkable event when Sabbath finally say goodbye and the silence of riffs becomes unbearably mute from the grandmaster of the heavy metal riff, the lord Iommi.
Good news is that we haven’t heard the last of the metal madman Ozzy, as he plans to resume with his solo career and Maiden will hopefully continue until at least the end of this decade.
I have no choice but to be there. It’s like it’s my last dying wish and also, a part of me will die with them in the fabled hallowed ground of Donington Park.
Sabbath who will headline on the Saturday 11th June 2016 & Maiden will finish the festival on Sunday 12th June. Ramstein start the festival headlining proceedings on the Friday.
Tickets for the Download festival 2016 went on sale this morning at 9. a.m
More recently Ozzy has spoken on a Planet Rock Radio interview with presenter Wyatt. Ozzy has said that he wants to end the Sabbath legacy on a high note. “It’s Time” he says. Having a number one in 15 countries is something they will not achieve again. Also touring may also put stress on riff master Tony Iommi after being through a cancer battle. Ozzy speaks about his concerns of Tony “taking too much on”.
However Ozzy says he wouldn’t object to Sabbath doing more recording material to say farewell, and he also wants to continue with his solo career. But he says, people just want to here the old classics when they come to the shows.
Hear the interview here at Planet Rock