Black Sabbath has unveiled the details of a full North American summer tour, that will begin on July 25th in Houston and hit 20 cities before closing with an already previously announced Los Angeles gig on September 3rd. According to the band's publicist, response to the L.A. show and three other initial dates in Holmdel, New Jersey, Seattle and Toronto was "overwhelming." The trek will now include stops in Philadelphia, Boston, the Chicago area, San Francisco and other major markets.
- Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale next Friday (May 3rd) at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. VIP Packages are also available.
- Sabbath is touring in support of 13, the first album in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler together.
- The three original Sabbath members are being joined by Ozzy's live drummer, Tommy Clufetos, on the road. The band launched its world tour last weekend in New Zealand and is now making its way through Australia and Japan.
- 13 is due out on June 11th, with the first official track taken from the disc, "God Is Dead?", available now.
- Confirmed Black Sabbath U.S. tour dates (subject to change):
July 25 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 27 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
July 29 - Tampa, FL - Live Nation Amphitheatre
July 31 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 2 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
August 4 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
August 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
August 12 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
August 14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
August 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
August 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
August 24 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
August 26 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
August 28 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 30 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
September 1 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena
CHECK IT OUT: Fans can visit http://bit.ly/Sabbath_RSVP to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Thursday, May 2nd.
WATCH: See Sabbath perform "N.I.B." on Thursday night (April 25th) in Brisbane:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
eet wrote: "iommi still has it and geezer just slays and i cant wait to see this live and get the new album!!"
pigchop wrote: "That guitar is the holy grail of heavy fucking metal. When Tony Iommi passes on, the guitar should be placed in a display case inside a church specially built for worship of...THAT GUITAR."
ElliottHenderson wrote: "Ozzy actually sounds pretty good on NIB. Looking forward to new album."
metalknowitall wrote: "I don't imagine they will do anything after this tour/album..so I guess it will be in my best interest to catch them when they swing through VA..but I know I'm gonna leave feeling empty wishing Bill Ward was behind the drum kit."
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