The trio has launched artwork, a video and information about what will be the band's last international trek, billed as The End, and Ward's name isn't mentioned.

The drummer refused to be a part of the Sabbath reunion in 2012 over contractual issues and now he's demanding an apology from Ozzy over comments he made about his former bandmate's abilities before he'll consider a comeback for a farewell tour - but it looks as if the group will hit the road for a final run of shows without him.

The group's The End shows will begin in Omaha, Nebraska on 20 January (16) and wind through North America with stops at The Forum in Los Angeles and New York's fabled Madison Square Garden. The band will then head to Australia and New Zealand for concerts in April (16). More dates will be announced in October (15).