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CANCELLED GIGS - BORN AGAIN

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CANCELLED GIGS - BORN AGAIN DateVenueCityStateCountryOpening ActsComments9/10/83 'Sunrise Festival '83' - Nationale 66 Mulhouse
France Blue Oyster Cult (?), Motorhead, Stormbringer, Twisted Sister, Anvil, Diamond Head, Satan Cancelled. The Sun Rise festival ’83 show was called off after a storm did some damage to the venue. Thanks to Ralf Schultz for finding a Kerrang magazine article about this gig. 10/13/83 Moncton Coliseum Moncton New Brunswick Canada Streetheart [Quiet Riot cancelled] Cancelled.

Shannon Doyle of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada wrote “The explanation to ticket holders was the inability to get the stage in the Moncton Coliseum, which has a fairly low ceiling above the hockey ice surface.”

In other words, the Stonehenge stage set wouldn’t fit in the arena! This is now the second gig that I have confirmed as cancelled for this reason. How many gigs actually had to be scratched due to this staging monstrosity? Maybe they should have swapped models with Spinal Tap?

Steve Hickox: “I just came across your amazing site via Blabbermouth.net. I just have a couple things I would like to tell you. During the BORN AGAIN tour, the dates in Moncton (which is where I am from) and Halifax were both cancelled. I believe that the stage was supposed to be shipped to Halifax or something like that and was mistakenly shipped to New York. Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but a buddy of mine who knows his music trivia told me that.” 10/15/83 Halifax Metro Center Halifax Nova Scotia Canada Streetheart [Quiet Riot cancelled] Cancelled 10/17/83 Colisee de Rimouski Rimouski Quebec Canada
Cancelled. Mentioned in original press kit for the BORN AGAIN North American tour. 10/18/83 Centre Georges Vezina Chicoutimi Quebec Canada
Cancelled. Mentioned in original press kit for the BORN AGAIN North American tour. 10/26/83 London Gardens London Ontario Canada Nazareth (replaced Sabbath as headliner), Quiet Riot Sabbath cancelled. William Mercer of London, Ontario saw Sabbath on the previous two nights. He informed me that Sabbath had cancelled this show. “The following night they were scheduled to play the London Gardens, but bailed at the last minute because they couldn't get the Stonehenge set into the hall! So, Nazareth kindly stepped in and covered for them as the headliner, while Quiet Riot opened.” 11/22/83 The Salt Palace Salt Lake City UT U.S. Quiet Riot Tim Muniz: "Just wanted to inform you that Sabbath was scheduled to play Salt Lake City in November with Quiet Riot. I had the ticket stub for about 15 years but no longer can find it. But I remember that on either the day of or before the show, it had been cancelled. I remember hearing Tony Iommi on the radio saying that the band made it to town but the gear got caught in a blizzard crossing the continental divide. It was rescheduled for January ’84 with no Quiet Riot."

Jeff Healey: “For your tour dates of the BORN AGAIN tour, you've got 11/22/1983 listed for Salt Lake City. It's true that they were supposed to play and Night Ranger was
supposed to open for them. However, Black Sabbath cancelled the show and rescheduled. I've heard that their equipment was stolen, but maybe that was another time. They wound up playing the following January without Night Ranger. Instead, a band named "Heaven" opened. It rocked.” 1/16/84
Calgary Alberta Canada
Cancelled.

The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Denny Haaf for sharing this info with us.] 1/17/84
Edmonton Alberta Canada
Cancelled.

The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Kerry for sharing this info with us.] 1/19/84
Vancouver British Columbia Canada
The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Denny Haaf for sharing this info with us.]

Bob Logan [Corus Radio in Vancouver]: “A small bit of info can be added from me about the Canadian leg of the BORN AGAIN Tour. The date listed for Vancouver, BC on 01/17/84 was also cancelled. I had to return my tickets too but before I did, I managed to get a photo of them laid out on the BORN AGAIN album cover. Hopefully, I can still find that picture somewhere in my archives, scan it and send it in for your collection.” 1/20/84 Seattle Center Coliseum Seattle WA U.S.
The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Denny Haaf for sharing this info with us.]

Jay Pearson <[email protected]> remembers this well, since he had to get refunds for 6 tickets! Definitely scheduled for The Coliseum, NOT The Paramount. 1/21/84 Spokane Coliseum Spokane WA U.S.
Cancelled.

The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Denny Haaf for sharing this info with us.] 1/23/84 Memorial Coliseum Complex Portland OR U.S.
Cancelled.

The shows listed here for this Northwestern leg of the BORN AGAIN tour were cancelled due to the illness of Geezer Butler, who had come down with bronchitis. This was the information given out by Sabbath’s L.A. publicist, Heidi Robinson back in 1984. [Thanks to Denny Haaf for sharing this info with us.] 2/2/84
Lubbock TX U.S.
Cancelled.

Ozzy's tour schedule began to shadow that of his ex-bandmates Black Sabbath at this point in time. Ozzy was in the midst of his BARK AT THE MOON tour with new guitarist Jake E. Lee. Many of the cities that Sabbath were scheduled to visit were to also be visited by Ozzy about one week later. Black Sabbath elected to scrap many of their planned Southeastern & Texas shows at the last moment, avoiding any direct collision with the Ozzy tour. It would have also presented something of a dilemma to Ozzy / Sabbath fans who were trying to decide who to spend their paychecks on! 2/12/84 Lakefront Arena? New Orleans LA U.S.
This tour date had been originally planned for the final leg, but apparently cancelled afterwards.

Emmett Mayer: "I have lived most of my life in the New Orleans metro area and I am about 99% certain that this date did not happen. I was in high school then and attending concert tours like Dio's HOLY DIVER, Priest's SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi) and others. I and a good friend were totally into Heavy Metal and would have remembered if Black Sabbath had ever played in New Orleans. We both had the BORN AGAIN album and certainly would have attended a show if it was in town or in Biloxi (where Ozzy played a solo show too for BARK AT THE MOON). Neither of us can remember Sabbath playing anywhere near New Orleans and it took until the tour of 1999 for me or my friend to see Sabbath for the first time."

"I work at the newspaper in New Orleans, The Times-Picayune. I recently went into the archive and checked microfilm of the entertainment section for the Friday before this New Orleans Born Again show date. There was no ad or any mention of a Sabbath show to be found. The paper did play up the big Duran Duran show in Baton Rouge though. This doesn't mean it didn't occur since I didn't have the time to look through a few weeks of microfilm newspapers (if only it was a digital archive like the NYT) but it should have been mentioned there in that week's entertainment section if it happened. And I and my friend would have remembered something as monumental as the Gillan Sabbath coming to town. We would have gone to that show." 2/18/84 Civic Center? Savannah GA U.S.
Cancelled.

From The Boston Globe (February 16, 1984): “A concert scheduled for tomorrow at the Savannah, Ga., Civic Center, by the rock band, Black Sabbath, was canceled under pressure from Baptists who denounced the group as a "slam" against Christianity. Rev. Douglas Cox, who started a campaign against the group's appearance, said yesterday the band's "satanic" lyrics and album covers are a bad influence on youth.”