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BLACK SABBATH KICKS OFF WORLD TOUR IN NEW ZEALAND

4/21/2013

Blabbermouth reports BLACK SABBATH kicked off its world tour earlier today (Saturday, April 20) at The Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Joining singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler on stage was Ozzy's touring drummer Tommy Clufetos, who also previously sat behind the kit for SABBATH's 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.

BLACK SABBATH's setlist for the Auckland show:
01. War Pigs 02. Into The Void 03. Under The Sun 04. Snowblind 05. Electric Funeral 06. Black Sabbath 07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 08. N.I.B. 09. End Of The Beginning (new song) 10. Fairies Wear Boots 11. Symptom Of The Universe (intro only) 12. Drum Solo 13. Iron Man 14. God is Dead? (new song) 15. Dirty Women 16. Children Of The Grave

Encore:
17. Paranoid

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

BLACK SABBATH's new album, "13" — the first in 35 years to feature Butler, Iommi and 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.

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.

Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

NME reports Black Sabbath add extra date to UK tour

Blabbermouth posts better-quality audio of Black Sabbath's New Zealand press conference


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