Launch Radio Networks reports: Fan interest in the BLACK SABBATH reunion, under the name HEAVEN AND HELL, has been huge. The band's tour, which starts March 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is Number One on the Top 50 list for the concert industry trade magazine Pollstar, indicating that more people want to know about the dates than any other trek. The news comes as no surprise to guitarist Tony Iommi, who told Launch he follows what people have been saying online about the group. "Very good, very good," he said. "I do usually check on Blabbermouth and stuff like that, you know, just to see how things are going. And it's doing... I mean, the actual feedback from my fan club and what not, it's very, very good."
HEAVEN AND HELL includes SABBATH guitarist Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, along with singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice, who recorded several albums after Ozzy Osbourne's original tenure with the group.
In related news, there will be not one, but two Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums out this spring. The first is "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", a best-of that samples from the studio albums Dio recorded with BLACK SABBATH — "Heaven and Hell" in 1980, "Mob Rules" in 1981, and "Dehumanizer" in 1992. The album will also include three new songs, titled "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall". "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" comes out April 3.
In addition, there will be a live album from a December 1981 show in London on the "Mob Rules" tour. It's called "Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon", and it contains 14 tracks from both Dio's and Osbourne's time in SABBATH. The album will be available May 1 through Rhino Handmade in a limited run of only 5,000 numbered copies at RhinoHandmade.com.