British Honour to Tony Iommi


Black Sabbath announce first Latin America dates. The tour starts in October

Black Sabbath announce first Latin America dates. The tour starts in October


Megadeth will join the fathers of metal as a special guest on their Latin America tour in October. The tour will kick off in Santiago, Chile at Estadio Monumental on October 4. Tickets for Chile will go on sale to the general public on May 3 via Ticketek. The bands will also perform in Porto Alegre at Estacionamento da FIERGS on October 9th; in São Paulo at Campo de Marte on October 11th; and in Rio de Janeiro at Apoteose on October 13th. Tickets for Brazil will go on sale to the general public on May 6th via Tickets For Fun.

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Black Sabbath debut new song, “Loner”, live in Australia

Black Sabbath debut new song, “Loner”, live in Australia


Black Sabbath fans down under are scoring big as the band continues their trek through Australia. Sabbath debuted another new tune titled ‘Loner’ during their gig last night (May 1) in Melbourne, marking the song’s world premiere.

The fan-filmed footage above of Black Sabbath performing ‘Loner’ is reminiscent of old school Black Sabbath, rich with classic Tony Iommi riffs. Initial feedback on the new song based on the amateur footage covers a broad spectrum from “best song on the album yet,” and “eargasmic riff by Iommi” to fans lamenting over Ozzy Osbourne’s lackluster vocals. In all fairness to Ozzy, this isn’t professional footage and should only serve as a teaser to the full, studio recording of the track.

Read more on Ultimate Classic Rock

By Mary Ouellette for Classic Rock, 2 May 2013



Extra bonus track “Naivete in Black” to Best Buy Edition of new album “13”

Extra bonus track “Naivete in Black” to Best Buy Edition of new album “13”

Black Sabbath recorded way more than the eight songs that will appear on the standard edition of their “13” album and one of the ways that they are making sure that fans will get a chance to hear them is through the “bonus track” option. One of those extra songs — “Naivete in Black” — will turn up exclusively on the Best Buy deluxe edition version of the album.

Here is the tracklist of the Best Buy version:

End of The Beginning (8:07)
God is Dead? (8:54)
Loner (5:06)
Zeitgeist (4:28)
Age of Reason (7:02)
Live Forever (4:49)
Damaged Soul (7:43)
Dear Father (7:06)
Peace of Mind
Naïveté in Black (Best Buy Exclusive Track)

For those purchasing the Best Buy “13” deluxe edition version, it will come with the original track listing, as well as the three bonus cuts — “Methademic”, “Peace of Mind” and “Pariah” — that are scheduled for most of the band’s deluxe edition package. But the “Naivete in Black” addition is exclusive to Best Buy’s deluxe version. The Best Buy version can be pre-ordered here.

Preorder your version of “13” -- a wide variety of ordering options are available on


By Chad Childers for Loudwire, 1 May 2013  


School Kids Sing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”

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

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 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

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


Tony Iommi discusses idea for Classic Big 4 of metal

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


Black Sabbath music helps plants to grow better

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


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

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