Ozzy Osbourne has been revealed as a headliner for the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans on October 31. For the performance, the singer will be supported by a backing group that includes guitarists Slash and Tom Morello and Osbourne’s Black Sabbath bandmate bassist Geezer Butler.
Fans will recall that Black Sabbath announced last March that they would perform their farewell show at Ozzfest Japan on November 21 and 22. Shortly after, it was announced that the show would actually feature Osbourne performing with a lineup of friends.
Osbourne’s Voodoo announcement provides the first indication of what friends might be joining him on those Ozzfest Japan dates.
As for that final Black Sabbath show, there’s no indication of when—or even if—it’s going to happen. Geezer Butler told NME last month he had “absolutely no idea” if it would actually happen. “I’d love to keep going,” he said. “I’d desperately want to keep going before I kick the bucket.”
Added Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, “It’d be lovely to do a last tour. It’d be really nice to do that.”
In other Sabbath news, the group’s first eight albums are set to be reissued on vinyl this summer. The series kicks off on June 22 with the release of Sabbath’s self-titled debut, Paranoid and Master of Reality. They’ll be followed on June 29 by Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage. The series release concludes July 13 with Technical Ecstacy and Never Say Die.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes place October 30 through November 1. Other headliners include Florence + the Machine, who open festival, and the Zac Brown Band, who will close it. Also scheduled for the festival are Modest Mouse, Jane’s Addiction, synthesizer legend Giorgio Moroder, the Cult and Fishbone. You can see the full lineup here.
Tickets for the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience go on sale Tuesday, June 23 at noon ET. Three-day passes cost $150, and VIP passes are available for $500. For additional ticketing info, go here.