Crónica: Azkena Rock Festival 2012: Ozzy & Friends, Black Label Society, Rich Robinson (15.06.12)

Un año más, el Azkena Rock Festival sigue siendo cita obligada dando pistolezato de salida a los festivales veraniegos. Este año y aunque la cancelación de los Black Sabbath nos dejó hechos polvo decidimos volver a encontranos con nuestro querido Ozzy y sus amigos desplegando un set list lleno de temazos y nostalgia.

Tras la tediosa jornada de trabajo a eso de las 20:00 llegamos a Vitoria. Aparcamos no sin cierta dosis de fortuna y ponemos pie en tierra. Hay ganas de disfrutar de una soleada y calurosa tarde, escuchar buena música y gozar de las excelencias del buen ambiente ya clásico de este festival.

Sigue leyendo

Black Sabbath se caen del Azkena Rock Festival y serán sustituidos por “Ozzy and Friends”

Black Sabbath

Muchos nos lo temíamos y al final ha ocurrido, Black Sabbath ha cancelado su gira mundial que se quedará en un único concierto en el festival Download inglés. Parece ser que el tratamiento de Tony Iommi no le va a permitir estar mucho tiempo en activo. Para sustituir a Black Sabbath, incluido el Azkena Rock Festival 2012, se ha creado un nuevo grupo llamado “Ozzy and Friends” en el cual Ozzy Osbourne contará con colaboradores como Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler (tocando temas de Black Sabbath) o Slash.

Os dejamos el comunicado oficial del facebook de la banda:

BLACK SABBATH

TOUR UPDATE:

BAND’S SOLE EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE THIS SUMMER SET FOR U.K.’S DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

OZZY & FRIENDS TO PERFORM MAJORITY OF OTHER

SCHEDULED SHOWS

BLACK SABBATH –who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour–have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma.  At this time, BLACK SABBATH will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour.  It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.’s Download Festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS.  These “first ever” OZZY & FRIENDS shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including GEEZER BUTLER (who will join Ozzy for a special BLACK SABBATH set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former OZZY band member Zakk Wylde.  In addition, OZZY will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road.  Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH continue to write and record music in the U.K. for their upcoming album.  More information about these dates and BLACK SABBATH’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

The 2012 tour dates are as follows:

BLACK SABBATH

DATE        CITY            VENUE

Sun 6/10    Donnington  UK    Download Festival

OZZY AND FRIENDS

DATE    CITY    VENUE

Wed 5/23   Helsinki, Finland      Hartwall Arena

Fri 5/25     Stockholm, Sweden   Stadium

Sun 5/27    Jelling, Denmark       Jelling Festival

Tue 5/29    Bergen, Norway        Bergen Calling Festival

Thu 5/31   Oslo, Norway            Spektrum

Sat 6/2      Malmo, Sweden         Malmo Stadium

Mon 6/4    Dortmund, Germany  Westfalenhalle

Wed 6/6    Prague, Czech Rep     O2 Arena

Fri 6/15     Vitoria, Spain             Azkena Rock Festival

Sun 6/17    Clisson, France         Hellfest

Fri 6/22     Dessel, Belgium         Graspop Metal Meeting

Sun 6/24    Milan, Italy                Gods of Metal Festival

Tue 6/26    Vienna, Austria         Stadthalle

Thu 6/28    Belgrade, Serbia       USCE Park

Sun 7/1      Athens, Greece         Rockwave Festival – Terra