After several weeks of speculation, iconic British metal stalwarts Black Sabbath have finalized the release of their much anticipated new album "13" AND a full European arena tour to go with it (albeit a few months later).
After reuniting at the tail-end of 2011, messrs Iommi, Butler, Osbourne and Ward set to work on the album. But after Iommi's health took a turn for the worse and Bill Ward withdrew from all of Sabbath's plans because of 'contractual issues', Black Sabbath looked like being a pipe-dream.
Thankfully, with a new recruit in the drumming hot-seat, the band performed at Download 2012 before finally heading into the studio to complete "13", due for release on 11th June and their first for over three decades. Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine performed on all tracks and is likely to be touring with the band during 2013.
After performing an Australian Tour earlier in the year (due to finish in May), Ozzy and the boys will look towards the festival season and a European tour - and that's where we come in!
London's O2 Arena is the first stop on 10th December, followed by Belfast on the 12th, then Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester and finally their hometown Birmingham on the 20th.
[TICKETS: 12/4/2013 9:00], priced at around £55 upwards. Guests TBC.