Black Sabbath have announced a UK arena tour for December 2013.
The band will kick off the tour at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, before calling in at Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester before a homecoming show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on December 20.
The dates will support the band’s brand new album ’13’, which will be released on June 10. ’13’ is the first album Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’. The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, System Of A Down) and it features Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.
Black Sabbath will play:
London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)
Meanwhile, it was revealed earlier this year that Iommi has written the song that Armenia will use in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Iommi will not perform at the annual competition, which this year is taking place in Sweden, but he has written the song ‘Lonely Planet’ for Armenian band Dorians.
Tickets for Black Sabbath’s UK arena tour go onsale on Friday (April 12) at 9am.