Born Again Tour 1983
|World tour by |
|Start date||7 August 1983|
|End date||4 March 1984|
|No. of shows||96|
The Born Again Tour 1983 was a global concert tour by in support of
"There had been conversations during the Born Again sessions about going on tour," Bill Ward recalled, "and I was barely making it through the sessions, let alone touring. The thought of touring put me in such a state of panic, anxiety and dread that I couldn't possibly face the idea… but I was too ashamed to tell everybody. And rather than tell everybody, I drank and I disappeared. I escaped. That's how I used to do things: when I couldn't handle a situation, I would just drink and just run away… I came back to the United States, got hospitalised a couple of times, ended up back on the streets and, in the early part of January 1984, I went into my final detox. And from that point on I haven't taken a drink. And I haven't used any narcotics."
Meanwhile, between 7 and 14 August 1983, the band used the
"We were on flight 666 to Helsinki," recalled
Two North American legs consisted of 36 shows from October through November, then 34 shows from January through March 1984.
There were many cancellations during the North American tour owing to problems with an oversized
There were more difficulties during the second North American leg which delayed their shows for nearly a week. One show in Salisbury, Maryland (28 February 1984) was beset by local religious protests that were noted in the local papers, but was ultimately cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Of the 96 currently confirmed shows, 30% were likely cancelled for one reason or another.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Sabs as they did manage to sell out at least a dozen shows including Saginaw, Worcester, Rockford, Providence, Cleveland, Detroit, New Haven, Portland, Philadelphia, Toronto, East Rutherford and Chicago. [Updated by Rob Dwyer - Black-Sabbath.com; With special thanks to Bev Bevan]