In 2013, Black Sabbath will be releasing their first album with lead singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die!
Rick Rubin will be producing the record, but Black Sabbath purists will be upset that original drummer Bill Ward will be replaced by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine. Wilk replaced Ward during Black Sabbath's live performances in 2012, as Ward voiced his displeasure about the terms of the contract that was offered to him and was unable to negotiate a better deal.
The band has the following tour dates lined up for the spring of 2013:
April 20 and 22: Auckland, New Zealand (Vector Arena)
April 25: Brisbane, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
April 27: Sydney, Australia (All Phones Arena)
April 29 and May 1: Melbourne, Australia (Rod Laver Arena)
May 4: Perth, Australia (Perth Arena)
May 12: Tokyo Ozzfest (Makuhari Messe)