Black Sabbath officially call it quits after 49 years


Black Sabbath played what they said was their final-ever gig together last month in their hometown of Birmingham. Fans weren't necessarily worried, though, as bands do this all the time: they announce a farewell tour, release a very last album, and swear that this time it's for real.

But on Tuesday (March 7), Ozzy Osbourne and the gang appeared to make it official, posting their obituary on Facebook with the hashtag, #TheEnd.

Reaction to the news varied widely, with one fan quipping "the Rolling Stones have their final tour every 3 years," while another wrote "Black Sabbath will live on through their recordings for people to discover and enjoy the band for a long time to come."

After nearly a half century together, the group -- which, on its final tour, included singer Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and Tommy Clufetos replacing original drummer Bill Ward -- embarked on their The End Tour in January 2016, putting an end to a 49-year, 19 studio album career that began in Birmingham in 1968.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) An alternative view of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne during the MTV EMA's at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
English rock singer Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, USA, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne at home with his family, early 1990's. From left to right, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Amme Osbourne. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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381053 04: Singer Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Arden kiss at the premiere of New Line's 'Little Nicky' November 2, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Sharon Osbourne & Ozzy Osbourne during Hollywood Premiere of 'Little Nicky' at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
403762 08: Musician Ozzy Osbourne pose with his wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack during the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 12, 2002 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
The Osbournes: Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne at 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
The Osbourne family: from left, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, son Jack Osbourne, daughter Kelly Osbourne and wife Sharon Osbourne. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Ozzy, Kelly, Sharon and Jack Osbourne during 'School of Rock' Premiere - Arrivals at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne, hosts during 2005 MTV Australia Video Music Awards - Show at Big Top, Luna Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
SYDNEY, NSW - MARCH 3: Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne on stage at the inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards at Luna Park on March 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Best Buy capitalizes on ''Bieber Fever'' and ''The Osbournes'' star power for their inaugural Big Game commercial, which features Ozzy Osbourne, Justin Bieber and Sharon Osbourne on January 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Best Buy)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 01: (L-R) TV Personality Jack Osbourne and Lisa Osbourne and TV Personalities Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Total Recall' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne visit the SiriusXM Studios on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2894 -- Pictured: (l-r) Couple Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 11, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Sabbath is considered one of the most influential heavy metal acts of all time, putting its stamp on the sound of everyone from Guns N' Roses to Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Metallica and the Smashing Pumpkins thanks to such thundering psychedelic hard rock tunes as "Black Sabbath," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Iron Man" and "Sweet Leaf."

Last June, Osbourne told Billboard he was "having a blast" with the final go-round, though he was in a bit of denial at that point. "Right now I'm OK with it. I'm sure as it starts counting down to five shows left or something, it's gonna be kind of emotional, I think," he said. "I mean, we started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream and it became true beyond our wildest dreams. And then we were manipulated, we were ripped off, we were conned, all of the above. We lost each other within each other, if you like. But it's great to have got this back just to end on a high note, y'know?"

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UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 02: ALEXANDRA PALACE FESTIVAL Photo of BLACK SABBATH and Bill WARD, Drummer Bill Ward performing on stage (Photo by Colin Fuller/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 02: ALEXANDRA PALACE FESTIVAL Photo of Ozzy OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH, with Black Sabbath, performing live onstage (Photo by Colin Fuller/Redferns)
Black Sabbath, 1985: Geoff Nicholls, Tony Iommi, Dave Spitz, Eric Singer, Glenn Hughes (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: Photo of Ozzy OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH; Ozzy Osbourne performing live onstage at the Hard Rock (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Ozzy OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH; L-R: Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler - posed, group shot - c.1975 (Photo by Gems/Redferns)
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performing on stage at Rainbow Theatre, London 16 March 1973. (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)
DETROIT - NOVEMBER 26: (L-R) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward of the heavy metal band 'Black Sabbath' pose for a portrait backstage at Cobo Hall on November 26, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Marks/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - 25th JUNE: Black Sabbath perform live on stage at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton on 25th June 1980. Left to right: Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) and Tony Iommi. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Photo of Ozzy OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH; L-R: Bill Ward, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi - posed, group shot, drinking, with tenth anniversay cakes (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: Photo of BLACK SABBATH and Bev BEVAN; Drummer Bev Bevan performing on stage at Meadowlands, East Rutherford (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Original members of the rock band Black Sabbath, Bill Ward (L), Ozzy Osborne (2nd L), Geezer Butler and Tony Lommi (R), announce their reunion during a news conference at the Whiskey A Go Go, the club where the band first performed 41 years ago, in Los Angeles, California November 11, 2011. Black Sabbath announced on Friday they are reuniting in their original four man line-up for their first new album in 33 years and a 2012 world tour. The news conference was held at at 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Ozzy Osbourne (C) and his wife Sharon pose with Geezer Butler (2nd L) of Black Sabbath, Zakk Wylde (L) and Slipknot member Corey Taylor (R) at a news conference to announce the "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" music festival at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne (L-R) arrive at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (GRAMMYS-ARRIVALS)
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