Last week, Black Sabbath returned to their hometown of Birmingham, England for what they claimed was their last show ever. Yesterday, March 8th, they made it official by posting a obituary on Facebook with the hashtag #TheEnd.
The show, and the note on Facebook, finally put a cap on a career that spanned nearly half a century. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, all metal and rock icons, started their career with their self-titled debut in 1970, and while they ended shaking things up with multiple lineup changes until 2016 when they disbanded for the first time – the original quartet ended up back together in 2011.
Sabbath was one of the first, and best, heavy metal acts in history. Over the course of their career they ended up with 19 studio albums including classics like Paranoid, Master of Reality, and of course, their self-titled debut. Fittingly, they closed out their career with a performance of “Paranoid.”