Black Sabbath have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June - the band's first studio LP to feature lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne for 35 years.
The original Black Sabbath line-up - Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) - have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine).
Produced by seven-time-Grammy winner Rick Rubin, the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.
13 marks Sabbath's return to Vertigo, the band’s original label, whilst it’s the group’s first studio album together with Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!
They have sold over 70 million albums together.
In advance of the album’s release, Black Sabbath will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances (see below for tour dates). Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.
Black Sabbath’s initial tour dates are as follows:
20 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
22 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
25 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
27 - All Phones Arena - Sydney, Australia
29 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
01 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
04 - Perth Arena - Perth, Australia
12 - Ozzfest - Makuhari Messe - Tokyo, Japan