Matt Heath of Radio Hauraki conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) before the band's April 20 concert at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.BLACK SABBATH has unveiled the details of a full North American summer tour that will begin on July 25 in Houston and hit 20 cities before closing with an already previously announced Los Angeles gig on September 3. According to the band's publicist, response to the L.A. show and three other initial dates in Holmdel, New Jersey, Seattle and Toronto was "overwhelming." The trek will now include stops in Philadelphia, Boston, the Chicago area, San Francisco and other major markets.
Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale next Friday (May 3) at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. VIP Packages are also available. SABBATH is touring in support of "13", the first album in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, Iommi and Butler together. The three original SABBATH members are being joined by Ozzy's live drummer, Tommy Clufetos, on the road. The band launched its world tour last weekend in New Zealand and is now making its way through Australia and Japan. "13" is due out on June 11, with the first official track taken from the disc, "God Is Dead?", available now. Details of the album's deluxe edition surfaced last week, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort will be accompanied by three bonus tracks called "Methademic", "Peace Of Mind" and "Pariah". Several versions of "13" are available for pre-order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, 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 hand-written lyrics. The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion. Interview (audio):