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School Kids Sing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”


“Iron Man” is probably Black Sabbath’s most famous song -- a true metal anthem. The iconic track has already been used as a hymn of the football team of Sabbath’s native Aston, Birmingham. The children of the school at Staten Island, New York sing “Iron Man” on music lessons -- the new generation rocks!

Tony Iommi’s legendary band continues the world tour in support of their new album “13”. Black Sabbath have played with great success already four dates: two gigs at Auckland New Zealand, and Brisbane and Sydney in Australia. During the concerts were played three new songs from “13” : “God Is Dead”, “End Of The Beginning” and “Methademic”.

30 April 2013


Black Sabbath debut new song "Methademic" live in Australia


Black Sabbath have just introduced the world to yet another new track from the highly anticipated album “13”. On Monday, April 29, in Melbourne, Australia, the band played a new song called “Methademic” in front of a stadium crowd.

“Methademic” seems like a guitar-driven tune at its core, with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne taking over during the song’s verses and chorus. It’s a bit difficult dissecting “Methademic” from this fan-filmed footage, but we can report that it definitely sounds like Black Sabbath. Tony Iommi’s guitar sounds huge while Ozzy’s voice is very high up in the mix, similar to the studio recording of “God is Dead?” Sabbath’s new “13”-based stage backdrop looks pretty awesome, too.

Read more on Loudwire

By Graham 'Gruhamed' Hartmann for Loudwire, 29 April 2013

Photo by Alexander John McWatters



Black Sabbath announce 2013 North American tour


Black Sabbath has announced a five-week tour of North America in support of its upcoming album, “13”.

The 20-date tour starts on 25 July in Houston, Texas. The band will works its way across the continent – including shows in Toronto and Vancouver – and stops in Los Angeles on 3 September. Currently Black Sabbath are touring Australia through May 7, after which they will play Ozzfest Japan on May 12.

Tickets for the 16 dates announced today will go on sale Friday, 3 May at Ticketmaster. Fans can also visit a special Facebook page to register for pre-sale, which will take place 2 May. VIP packages can also be purchased at VIP Nation.
Read more on Classic Rock 

Black Sabbath 2013 Summer Tour Dates:

25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
27 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
29 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
31 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

02 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
04 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
06 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
12 Boston, MA Comcast Center
14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
16 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
18 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
22 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
24 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
26 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
28 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
30 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center

01 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
03 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena

Listen to Black Sabbath's interview to New Zealand's Radio Hauraki on 

Dave Lifton for Ultimate Classic Rock, 25 April 2013 
Photo Lorraine Parker


Black Sabbath Brisbane gig footage available


 The fathers of metal played their 2013 world tour third concert in Brisbane Australia, 25 April.
Gig setlist:

1. War Pigs
2. Into The Void
3. Under The Sun
4. Snowblind
5. Electric Funeral
6. Black Sabbath
7. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
8. N.I.B.
9. End Of The Beginning (from “13”)
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Symptom Of The Universe (intro only)
12. Drum Solo
13. Iron Man
14. God is Dead? (new single from “13”)
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave


17. Paranoid

Pre order various versions of the new album “13” from, 26 April 2013

Photo Vertigo Records


Black Sabbath music helps plants to grow better


British gardening expert Chris Beardshaw claims that blasting plants with Black Sabbath helps them grow and fight off disease.
In his horticultural experiment he found that putting Sabbath on in a greenhouse works wonders for plants, but playing easy listening singers kills them off. Plants bombarded with Black Sabbath music were the shortest but they had the best flowers and the best resistance to pest and disease.

Read more about Chris Beardshaw experiment on NME News.  

In a new interview with Artisan News, Tony Iommi talks tour setlist upon announcement of their North American shows the bandmate Ozzy Osbourne talks about the lure of substance abuse in rock and roll.


23 April 2013


Tony Iommi discusses idea for Classic Big 4 of metal


Artisan News published a video on their Youtube channel where they asked Tony Iommi in the last interview with him if he thinks that -- like Metallica's Big 4 of thrash -- he could foresee a Big 4 of classic metal including the likes of Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Watch the video below.

Tony Iommi was promoting his book “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell with Black Sabbath” at the moment of the interview.


22 April 2013


New “End Of The Beginning” song performed live in Auckland


Tony Iommi and his bandmates kicked off their 2013 reunion tour last night (April 19th) at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Tony himself, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geeezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos stormed through a set of classic material and played two songs from the new album, 13: “End Of The Beginning” and the first single “God Is Dead?”.

As reported by Blabbermouth, the band delivered a show filled with classics, opening with “War Pigs”, moving on through such loved tunes as “Snowblind”, “N.I.B.” and “Iron Man” before closing out the main set with “Children of the Grave”. The encore consisted of only one song, “Paranoid”.

According to, Sabbath performed the following songs:

'War Pigs'
'Into The Void'
'Under the Sun'
'Electric Funeral'
'Black Sabbath'
'Behind The Wall Of Sleep'
'End Of The Beginning'
'Fairies Wear Boots'
'Symptom Of The Universe'
Drum Solo
'Iron Man'
'God Is Dead?'
'Dirty Women'
'Children Of The Grave'

Encore: 'Paranoid ('Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' intro)

Read the review of Auckland Gig: Black Sabbath still the kings! here, 20 April 2013


Tony Iommi: “We're Finally Out On The Road!”


Black Sabbath will begin a world tour this Saturday (April 20) in New Zealand, with North American dates penciled in for late summer and European shows scheduled in the fall.

In a new message on his official web site, Tony Iommi writes: "We're finally out on the road and remembering what jet lag really is this far away from home. First gig is on Saturday. In the meantime, we've been doing some press and had an album-listening party. Seems to be well received, which is great news!"

The members of Black Sabbath took part in a press conference yesterday (Thursday, April 18) at The Langham Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand as they prepared for their two shows this weekend (Saturday, April 20 and Monday, April 22) at The Vector Arena. Sabbath's record company, Universal, invited a select group of music fans to get a first listen to the band's upcoming album, "13", and singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were also on hand for a brief question-and-answer session after the playback had ended.

The first single from "13", began streaming online Thursday and is expected to arrive at rock radio stations on Friday (April 19). The song, called "God Is Dead?", is nearly nine minutes long and begins with a soft guitar, builds into a slow, doom-laden stomp, then switches halfway through into a more uptempo riff that comes the closest to the sound of the classic early Sabbath albums.

Read more and listen to Auckland press conference audio on

The deluxe version of the new album, "13" will include three bonus tracks: "Methademic" (said to be about the scourge of methamphetamine addiction), "Peace Of Mind" and "Pariah".

"13" is now available for pre-order on iTunes. If you order either the standard or deluxe editions, you will be able to download the first single, "God Is Dead?" immediately.

"13" track listing:

01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)

Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:

09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)

Total running time (with bonus tracks): 68 minutes, 42 seconds

"13" is due out June 11 on Vertigo/Republic. This marks the band’s return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group's first studio album together since 1978's "Never Say Die!", 19 April 2013


Black Sabbath’s new single "God Is Dead" is finally unveiled!


Black Sabbath have finally unveiled “God is Dead?”, the first song from their long-awaited reunion.

The rest of the album will arrive on June 11, although the group will debut another track entitled “End of the Beginning” during an appearance on the May 15 season finale of the CBS show ‘CSI.’

If you’re looking for full-gallop Sabbath riffs, the first six minutes of “God is Dead?” will make you wait a bit longer; the focus instead is on drama building. After a brief bit of “sturm und drang,” guitarist Tony Iommi largely provides an atmospheric, chiming background as Osbourne sings of damned sinners and wonders who can be trusted in an era of “corruption and lust.”

Things threaten to boil over each time the chorus hits, and finally at about the six-minute marks everything goes to hell — in the best way possible — as Iommi, Wilk and bassist Geezer Butler whip up an instrumental fury that faithfully recalls the group’s heydey.

Read more on Ultimate Classic Rock

Matthew Wilkening for Ultimate Classic Rock, 18 April 2013


Black Sabbath announce initial 2013 North American tour dates


 In support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, ‘13,’ metal legends Black Sabbath are gearing up to hit the road, and have now announced four North American tour dates for 2013.

The album is due out June 11 but the first single ‘God Is Dead?’ will hit radio airwaves this Thursday, April 18. The band will also debut the song ‘End of the Beginning’ in a performance scene on the season finale of ‘CSI’ on May 15.

The first of the newly announced North American dates will be held in New Jersey at PNC Bank Arts Center on August, 4 with stops in Toronto, Washington and Los Angeles also announced. The band also recently announced a late 2013 European tour.

Black Sabbath 2013 North American Tour Dates:

4 — Holmdel, New Jersey — PNC Bank Arts Center
14 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre
24 — Seattle, Washington — Gorge Amphitheatre

3 — Los Angeles, California — Los Angeles Sports Arena


Loudwire, 16 April 2013

Photo Phil Wallis


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