Black Sabbath Reveals ‘13’ Release Date
It has been a long road toward Black Sabbath’s reunion album, one fraught with disagreement and illness. Back in January, three-quarters of the original lineup announced their upcoming album would be called 13. Minus drummer Bill Ward, who bowed out because of contract issues, this lineup of Sabbath hasn’t put out an album together since 1978’s Never Say Die! Filling in for Ward is Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk.
Revealed today, 13 is scheduled for a June 11 U.S. release (June 10 in the U.K.) The release is expected to be available in standard CD, double CD with a disc of bonus material, 12-inch heavyweight vinyl with a gatefold sleeve, and a super deluxe box set with documentary Black Sabbath – The Reunion included.
To promote the release, the three with Wilk will tour Australia and New Zealand and then head over to Japan to do an Ozzfest date. Later tour dates are expected to be announced.
At the same time the album’s release date was announced, a behind-the-scenes video of Black Sabbath in the studio with producer Rick Rubin surfaced. In it, Rubin said about his experience working with the heavy-metal band: "I've been a fan of Black Sabbath my whole life, and getting to come in to work every day and hearing Black Sabbath play, it stimulates something in me just like when I was 14 years old. They just want what's best, and we're all sort of working together to find whatever works best for them."
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