BLACK SABBATH: First North American Tour Date Announced

BLACK SABBATH will launch its world tour with a series of dates beginning next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick off its North American tour which will keep the band on the road from late July through September and includes one Canadian stop, on August 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale on April 13.

BLACK SABBATH has confirmed the title and release date of the first album by the band in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler recording together again. The disc is officially called "13" and will arrive on June 11. According to The Pulse Of Radio, several configurations of the album are available now for pre-order, including a standard CD, a deluxe double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and a "Super Deluxe Box Set" containing the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, "13" photographic prints and handwritten lyrics.

Anyone who pre-orders the album in any of these formats at the band's official web site will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official "13" album launch event in London. The prize will include a meet-and-greet with the band, flights and accommodations.

SABBATH has also released a new behind-the-scenes video in which producer Rick Rubin talks about working with the band. A tiny sample of new music can be heard in the three-minute clip.

The three original members are joined on the album by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, who may or may not tour with them as well. Founding drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion over a contractual dispute.

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