Black Sabbath will head out on the road later this year behind their new album, 13, due out in June through Vertigo/Republic Records. The band has already confirmed tour dates in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, and in a new interview bassist Geezer Butler offered insight into what the rest of the docket looks like.
Via Metal Insider:
“We start at the end of April in New Zealand, then we go to Australia, then Japan. June, we’ll be promoting the album, then July and August [is] USA. Then October is South America and Europe in November and December.”
So there you have it, Sabbath will return stateside come July. Perhaps they’ll headline one of those August festivals or the return of Ozzfest? We shall see.
Also unclear is who will be drumming for the band on these dates. (Original drummer Bill Ward severed ties with the band following a contract dispute.) When asked who’ll be behind the kit, Butler didn’t have an answer, but he did maybe just kind of spoil news of a Rage Against the Machine comeback.
“We’re not sure yet. We don’t know because I think Brad [Wilk]‘s got commitments with Rage Against The Machine. So it’ll probably be either Tommy [Clufetos] or Brad, depending on their commitments.”
For context: Wilk drummed on the new album, while Clufetos drummed for the band’s limited engagements last summer.
Below, you’ll find Sabbath’s current tour docket. Stay tuned for more.
Black Sabbath 2013 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/21 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/22 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre
04/27 – Sydney, AU @ All Phones Arena
04/29 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
04/30 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/01 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/04 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/12 – Tokyo, JP @ Ozzfest Japan