Black Sabbath Reunion Downsized – Iommi Pulls Out, Reunion Still On

Tony Iommi reportedly will not be joining Black Sabbath for the majority of the 2012 reunion tour due to health reasons. (Photo: Getty Images)

It seems the metal gods (Dio?) are continuing to conspire and sabotage Black Sabbath‘s planned reunion for 2012.  On Friday, the band announced on their website that guitarist Tony Iommi will be unable to join the band for the full tour, reducing the reunion to a single date – Jun 10th at the Download Festival.

Iommi continues to fight lymphoma, and though he is able to continue working in the studio on the new album, he will not have the strength for a full tour. The remaining scheduled tour dates will be filled by Ozzy & Friends, with guest appearances by bassist Geezer Butler, as well as Ozzy Osbourne‘s longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde. Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will also be joining the tour on guitar for select dates, which so far include only European venues.

The announcement, made this past weekend, comes on the heels of drummer Bill Ward’s possible departure from the reunion plans due to contract issues. Reportedly, Iommi’s recovery is going according to plan, though it remains to be seen whether Ward will be able to rejoin the group or not. Hopefully the guys can get it all together – and while they’re at it, a few U.S. tour dates couldn’t hurt either, right? (Come to Cleveland, please!)

Black Sabbath 2012 Tour Dates

Date               Location                           Venue
6.10.12         Donnington UK              Download Festival

Ozzy and Friends
Date               Location                            Venue
5.23.12         Helinski, Finland           Hartwall Arena
5.25.12         Stockholm, Sweden      Stadium
5.27.12        Jelling, Denmark            Jelling Festival
5.29.12        Bergen, Norway              Bergen Calling Festival
6.2.12           Malmo, Sweden              Malmo Stadium
6.6.12           Dortmund, Germany    Westfallenhalle
6.15.12        Vitoria, Spain                  Azkena Rock Festival
6.17.12        Clisson, France               Hellfest
6.22.12        Dessel, Belgium              Graspop Metal Meeting
6.24.12        Milan, Italy                      Gods of Metal Meeting
6.28.12        Belgrade, Serbia            USCE Park
7.1.12          Athens, Greece               Rockwave Festival – Terra

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