Black Sabbath Announce Small String of North American Tour Dates
Ever since the original lineup of Black Sabbath got together for a tour and album, fans have waited for a North American tour to manifest. But, as the reformed band (now minus original drummer Bill Ward) revealed the title of their upcoming album and tour dates in Europe and the Pacific Rim, North American fans felt shortchanged.
As of Monday, however, Black Sabbath showed it had not forgotten its fans on this side of the pond. Instead, to support upcoming release 13, the band has four North American dates, with stops in U.S. and Canadian major cities: New York, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles. This string, between international dates, kicks off on August 4. Right now, there’s no word whether other performances will be added later. Tickets go on sale on April 20.
13, which features three of the group’s original members and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, is scheduled to drop on June 11. Making the album was a highly-publicized difficult process: Ward, after part of the original reunion, left because of contract issues, while Tony Iommi had to undergo cancer treatments in 2012, which cut his time on the road but not in the studio. 13 is this lineup’s first release together since 1978’s Never Say Die! and features eight tracks. First single “God is Dead?” is set to debut on Clear Channel stations on April 18.
The supporting North American dates include:
Aug. 4: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 14: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Aug. 24: Seattle (Gorge Amphiteatre)
Sept. 3: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Sports Arena)
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