Black Sabbath 2013 Australian tour

Black Sabbath have announced their first Australian tour dates since 1974.

Following on from a mysterious video posted by tour promoters Live Nation this afternoon darkness has officially descended, with original band members Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi confirming that Sabbath will be in the country in April 2013.

The overlords of metal will play the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on April 25, Allphones Arena in Sydney on April 27, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourn on May 1 and Perth Arena in Perth on May 4.

After years of rumours, Black Sabbath officially reformed late last year with a promise to embark on a worldwide tour and release the first new album by the original lineup in 33 years. However, by February the reunion had disintegrated with drummer Bill Ward issuing a statement declaring that he had been given an “unsignable” contract and was in a “holding pattern” until he is given a deal that “recognises and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago”.

The band’s original members were joined by drummer Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper) and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Victoria Beckham, Atomic Kitten) for shows at Download Festival and the O2 Academy in England, as well as Lollapalooza in Chicago. In the lead up to the three Sabbath shows, Osbourne also played a 17-date tour billed as “Ozzy & Friends”, with guests including Slash and Zakk Wylde.

Black Sabbath are currently in the studio recording a new album, due for release early next year, with producer Rick Rubin.

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General tickets go on sale midday Thursday, November 8 and an exclusive presale will be available to Live Nation members from 9am Friday, November 2 until 5pm Monday.

Black Sabbath Australian tour dates

Thursday, April 25 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Saturday, April 27 – Allphones Arena, Sydney

Wednesday, May 1 – Rod Laver, Melbourne

Saturday, May 4 – Perth Arena, Perth