Black Sabbath “definitely” touring Australia in 2013

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has told Triple M that Black Sabbath will “definitely” be touring here in spring next year.

Interviewed on Merrick and the Highway Patrol on Friday, Osbourne was asked whether we’d be seeing Sabbath in Australian anytime soon. “Of course you are,” she said. “They are going to be touring here in the spring of next year. Definitely.”

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 – Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler – were joined by drummer Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper) and Adam Wakeman for the (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.