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Feb172012

Black Sabbath Changes European Tour Plans, Pulls Out of All but One Appearance

Facebook.com/BlackSabbathWith guitarist Tony Iommi continuing to battle lymphoma and drummer Bill Ward embroiled in a contract dispute, Black Sabbath has revised its plans to tour Europe this summer.  The heavy-metal legends now will play only one concert -- a June 10 set at the Download Festival in Donington, England.  Some of the previously announced appearances have been canceled, while for others a supergroup dubbed Ozzy & Friends and featuring Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler, as well as longtime Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, will take the band's place.

In addition, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash will appear at select Ozzy & Friends shows, as will as-yet-unannounced special guests.  Ozzy & Friends' European tour kicks off May 23 in Helsinki, Finland, and is scheduled through a July 1 appearance at the Rockwave Festival in Athens , Greece.

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