The farewell concert by legendary metal band Black Sabbath, with founders Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler taking their final bows, will be televised by Showtime.
The pay-cable channel announced today that “Black Sabbath: The End of the End” will premiere Saturday, Oct. 28. The movie captures Sabbath’s farewell performance at the Genting Arena in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England, on Feb. 4 of this year.
The performance marked the end of the band’s 81-date “The End” world tour.
“Beginning with the song ‘Black Sabbath,’ the title track from their 1970 debut album, Black Sabbath performs ‘Iron Man,’ ‘War Pigs,’ ‘Paranoid’ and more, all for the last time live,” Showtime says in the announcement. “The film also weaves in behind-the-scenes concert footage and interviews with the band members discussing their epic careers. Having sold more than 70 million records globally, Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.”
The film is directed by Dick Carruthers and executive produced by Geoff Kempin and Terry Shand for Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Showtime has been mining the music world, presenting programming on Whitney Houston and Prince, among others. Coming up on the network are “George Michael: Freedom,” premiering Oct. 21; “Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul,” arriving Nov. 17; and “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” which will air nationally of Showtime next year following its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.