Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as HEAVEN AND HELL to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band's highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records' era-spanning collection, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks — "The Devil Cried" — is the first single. Bristling with the trademark SABBATH sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour will spotlight Dio's tenure with SABBATH and will feature selections from all three of the group's the studio albums, "Heaven And Hell" (1980), "Mob Rules" (1981) and "Dehumanizer" (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-platinum recording artist MEGADETH will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group's new CD, "United Abominations", due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates MACHINE HEAD who are supporting their latest album, "The Blackening", set for release on March 27.
HEAVEN AND HELL, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD tour dates:
Apr. 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Apr. 24 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Apr. 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Apr. 26 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
Apr. 29 - Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
May 01 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 02 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
May 03 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
May 05 - Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
May 06 - Minneapolis, MN @ Theatre @ Target Center
May 08 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
May 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Arena
May 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
May 12 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
May 14 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
May 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
May 19 - Holmdell, NJ @ PNC Arts Center