BLACK SABBATH will embark on a European tour in November/December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Nov. 22 - Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden Nov. 24 - Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway Nov. 26 - Forum, Denmark, Copenhagen Nov. 28 - Ziggo Dome, Holland, Amsterdam Nov. 30 - Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany Dec. 02 - Bercy, Paris, France Dec. 05 - Fiera Arena, Milan, Italy Dec. 07 - 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Dec. 10 - 02 Arena, London, UK Dec. 12 - Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland Dec. 14 - Arena, Sheffield, UK Dec. 16 - Hydro, Glasgow, UK Dec. 18 - Arena, Manchester, UK Dec. 20 - LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
BLACK SABBATH's new album, "13" — the first in 35 years to feature bassist Geeezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne — will be released on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories. The drum tracks on the group's first LP with Osbourne since 1978 were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
Osbourne, Iommi and Butler recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include three seven-plus-minute behemoths "End Of The Beginning", "God Is Dead" and "Epic", as well as a track about killing pedophile priests ("Dear Father") and another about the scourge of methamphetamine addiction ("Methademic").
SABBATH will launch a world tour in support of the album later this month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, with North American dates to follow in July and August.
SABBATH, with Ward initially on board, announced its current reunion in November 2011, six years after they had last played together.
However, plans for extensive touring were curtailed by the January 2012 revelation that Iommi had been diagnosed with an early stage of cancer.
He received treatment throughout the year, with the band initially beginning its recording sessions in London so that the guitarist could be near his doctors.
SABBATH did play three shows last year, a warm-up gig in Birmingham, England, a headlining spot at the U.K.'s Download festival in June, and a second headlining set at Chicago's Lollapalooza in August. All three featured Ozzy's touring drummer Tommy Clufetos on drums. "13" album teaser: