Black Sabbath announced their final world tour recently, but left out who’s opening and who’s replacing Bill Ward on drums. Well, half of that mystery is now solved with news that Rival Sons will be the opening act.
Said the Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday:
“Every now and again, the universe just speaks to ya and planets align. This is definitely one of those cool situations for us.
A while back we played an award show. The Osbourne family happened to be in the audience. Luckily, the [attendees] —-which included the upper crust of classic rock and some of the world’s most famous — really enjoyed our little three-song set, especially Ozzy, Sharon and the kids. Standing ovation and all. We chatted and hung with the Osbournes after the show, which was just incredible on its own. But something much greater has transpired.
We couldn’t be more honored and excited to announce we’ll be supporting the legendary BLACK SABBATH on their upcoming world tour(s)!! This will take us to most of those places we haven’t been yet and back through the many places we have made so many friends and fans.”
Rival Sons most recent album Great Western Valkyrie came out in 2014, their third effort on Earache Records. It debuted at #104 on the Billboard charts, selling 3,150 in its first week. After watching the music video for “Open My Eyes” below, the first single from Great Western Valkyrie, it seems that they’ll be a pretty good fit.