(Most Of) Black Sabbath Rides Again on ’13’ Due in June

The first Black Sabbath album in 33 years is on the way. Three-quarters of the original Sabbath lineup — Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler — perform on the band’s long awaited new album, 13, in June. Two important facts you should know about the album: 1. It was produced by Rick Rubin (heard of him?) 2. Drummer Bill Ward sat this one out as he’s at odds with the band over money so Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine filled in. The new album and tour comes after guitarist Tony Iommi announced last year that he was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

The Godfathers of Heavy Metal will kick off a string of dates on April 20 in Aucklund, New Zealand, culminating with a date at Ozzfest in Tokyo on May 12. No word yet on North American and European dates. But one can only hope, right?

Black Sabbath On the Road

4/20 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena
4/22 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena
4/25 Brisbane, Australia Entertainment Centre
4/27 Sydney, Australia All Phones Arena
4/29 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
5/1 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
5/4 Perth, Australia Perth Arena
5/12 Tokyo, Japan Ozzfest – Makuhari Messe

Darren Ressler