Ever since the reunion was confirmed in late 2011, fans around the world have wondered if and when the new Black Sabbath album, the first Sabbath album to feature original vocalist (and metal legend) Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 would see the light of day. Well it appears that that day is edging ever closer.
Two big bits of information about the album have surfaced. Firstly, Black Sabbath’s brand new studio album will be entitled “13”, and secondly, the album will be released at some point in June 2013.
Black Sabbath have confirmed their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 will be called 13, and it’s due for release in June. The album has been worked on since late 2011 and throughout 2012 by Ozzy, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi despite Iommi’s health problems. Drumming duties have been handled by none other than Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk, who has stepped into Bill Wards considerable shoes.
“13” will be released through Vertigo Records and has been produced by none other than Rick Rubin, who’s worked with everyone from Linkin Park to Shania Twain to Metallica.
It is a well known fact that Black Sabbath’s touring plans in 2012 were almost completely curtailed aside from a couple of shows, one of which was their magnificent performance at Download 2012 (see our review here), due to Tony Iommi’s ongoing battle with cancer. Mr Iommi is however sounding encouragingly upbeat about 2013:
“What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support. It was very encouraging. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we’re able.”
So far for 2013, Black Sabbath have announced tour dates in the Pacific Rim, with shows in New Zealand, Australia and Japan (which will be an Ozzfest show), with more yet to be revealed. Full details are below:
Black Sabbath 2013 World Tour Dates (Current as of 20th January 2013):
20th – Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
22nd – Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
25th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia
27th – Sydney All Phones Arena, Australia
28th – Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
1st – Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
4th – Perth Arena, Australia
12th – Ozzfest, Tokyo Makahari Messe, Japan
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