Following the overwhelming response to the initial announcement of just four tour dates, BLACK SABBATH has now confirmed a full 20-city North American trek. Launching July 25 in Houston, Texas, the tour will include shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Tinley Park (Chicago), San Francisco and other major markets, along with the previously announced stops in Holmdel, New Jersey (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto.
Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale starting Friday, May 3 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. Beginning today, fans can visit this location to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Thursday, May 2. VIP Packages are also available at VIPNation.com.
The details are as follows:
Jul. 25 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul. 27 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Jul. 29 – Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre
Jul. 31 – W. Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Aug. 02 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 04 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 06 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 08 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 12 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Aug. 14 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug. 16 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Aug. 28 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Sep. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sep. 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
The members of BLACK SABBATH were interviewed earlier in the month by new Fuse correspondent Jack Osbourne, who, of course, had an inside advantage in landing the interview thanks to being singer Ozzy Osbourne‘s son. Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler made a surprise appearance that evening at a Los Angeles listening party for “13″, where Jack asked if there was any nervousness about making a record together after 35 years.
His father replied, “The pressure was on us, because it had been so long since we’d worked together . . . it’s like now or never. This album, for me, was probably the most important of my career.”
Iommi discussed the writing process for the disc, saying, “I had a bunch of riffs on CDs and played it to everybody, and then everybody decided, ‘We like this one’ or ‘We don’t like that,’ and the ones we liked, we started work on them.”
The band was also asked about working with producer Rick Rubin, who has a reputation for actually not showing up very often to the sessions he is getting paid to “produce.” Iommi said, “It was funny at first, because coming to rehearsals, when we were actually writing the songs, he’d come down for like, five or ten minutes and then go. Then he’d go, ‘Call me when you’ve got another one.’ So it was really strange. We’d never worked with anybody like that before.”
“13″ comes out on June 11 and is the first SABBATH album to feature Ozzy, Iommi and Butler together since 1978′s “Never Say Die!” Brad Wilk of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE provided drum tracks in lieu of original drummer Bill Ward.
SABBATH will make a rare TV appearance to perform a new song called “End Of The Beginning” on the season finale of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.