Black Sabbath fans can now plan their summer vacations. The band has announced the dates of its 20-city North American tour.

Launching July 25 in Houston, the tour will hit a number of cities including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Homdel, New Jersey. Of course, Sabbath is also preparing for the release of 13, the first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die! The album was produced by Rick Rubin, and features Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums.

Listen to one of the new songs, “God Is Dead?,” below.

[youtube+] Sabbath just kicked off their tour in New Zealand. The New Zealand Herald reported that Tommy Clufetos, from Ozzy’s solo band (and who played with Sabbath on their shows last year, including at Lollapalooza) was on drums.

In other Black Sabbath news, the band is making a rare appearance on the small screen May 15 to perform another new song, “End Of The Beginning,” on the finale of CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode, called “Dante’s Inferno,” will feature members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler sharing a scene with D.B. Russell, Ted Danson’s character.

For more information on Black Sabbath’s tour and 13, head to the band’s official website.

Brian Ives, 


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