BLACK SABBATH: 2014 North American Tour Dates Announced

BLACK SABBATH: 2014 North American Tour Dates Announced

Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and now Europe (which kicks off November 20 in Helsinki, Finland), BLACK SABBATH has announced additional dates in North America and Europe in 2014. The 2014 North American concerts launch March 31 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will include ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Tickets for the North American dates go on sale beginning Friday, November 22 at LiveNation.com. Beginning today, fans can go to this location to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Wednesday, November 20.

These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, "13", which entered the charts at No. 1 in 13 countries (including their first No. 1 in the U.S.).

BLACK SABBATH tour dates:

Mar. 31 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Apr. 03 - Halifax, NS - Metro Centre
Apr. 05 - Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
Apr. 07 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Apr. 09 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
Apr. 11 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Apr. 13 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
Apr. 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Apr. 18 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
Apr. 20 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Apr. 22 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Apr. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

BLACK SABBATH's triumphant 2013 tour — which kicked off earlier this year in Australia — can now be seen by fans around the world via the forthcoming "Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses" (Vertigo/Republic).

Due out November 25, "Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses" will be available via a variety of formats. Options include:

* DVD standalone
* Blu-ray standalone
* Blu-ray/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in a Blu-ray case
* DVD/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in an Amaray box
* Deluxe box with a Blu-ray disc of live show with exclusive bonus visual extras/two DVD discs/a CD featuring live audio from the show/poster/signed set list/photo booklet/guitar picks/official show "ticket"

"Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses" was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) — kicked off their world tour in support of their "13" album, which entered the charts at No. 1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).

Iommi revealed in September that he headed right back into the hospital for more cancer treatments as soon as BLACK SABBATH's North American tour was completed.

Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as "a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network."

He described his "infusion" treatments to the Birmingham Mail earlier this year, explaining, "I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world."

He added, "The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It's the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I'd love to play more shows . . . but my health has to be sorted out first."

The legendary guitarist said that his treatment is a relatively new process and doctors are not sure what all the side effects might be. He also said that it "takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that's what it takes, I have to accept it."

SABBATH recently took part part in the South American leg of its "13" tour with support from MEGADETH.

Butler, Iommi and Osbourne reunited in late 2011. Original drummer Bill Ward was on board at first but dropped out over contract disputes.

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