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Black Sabbath Confirm North American Tour

Black Sabbath Confirm North American Tour -

Following the overwhelming response to the initial announcement of just four tour dates, Black Sabbath have now confirmed a full 20-city North American trek.  

Launching July 25 in Houston, TX, 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, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, ON. Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale starting Friday, May 3 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. A full list of cities and on sale dates for the dates is below. 

Black Sabbath launched their world tour on April 20 with two shows in Auckland, NZ.  They are now in Australia for performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, before heading to Tokyo for the first-ever Ozzfest in Japan on May 12.

Along the overseas tour, Black Sabbath are previewing music from their forthcoming album '13.'  On the new album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' trailblazing work in the '70s. Songs such as 'End of the Beginning,' 'Loner,' 'Dear Father' and 'Age of Reason' reinforce 13's testament to the enduring relevance of Black Sabbath long-running reign. 

Here's some critical feedback from Black Sabbath's opening night:

New Zealand Herald (4-21-13):

"Black Sabbath brought together fans young and old…in horn-throwing, fist-pumping fashion…[Ozzy] jumped and stomped about the stage with passion and energy to burn. Could he still cut it? Yes, he could…Black Sabbath's spark lit up the arena."

Stuff.co.nz (4-21-13):  

"Black Sabbath still the kings…on a night when Sabbath proved just why they belong in the unique pantheon of true rock greats…you realise that catching Sabbath at this stage in their long career was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

 

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