Black Sabbath annouces June 11th release of album “13″ and first set of North American tour dates
13 MARCH 2013 (Toronto, ON) – BLACK SABBATH today announce June 11 as the release date for their upcoming album, 13, through Vertigo/Republic/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. As the countdown to release continues, the second Jack Osbourne-directed clip of the rock legends at work on their album can now be seen at blacksabbath.com. 13 was recorded primarily in Los Angeles and features the original BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–who were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). The album is produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year) and marks the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die!. They have sold over 70 million albums together.
Pre-orders for 13 also begin today through the band’s site and amazon.ca, with offers in a variety of formats:
• Standard CD album
• Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
• Vinyl: a 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
• Super Deluxe Box Set: a Limited edition 12” clamshell box set which contains: Deluxe double CD album, 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve, Exclusive DVD containingBlack Sabbath–The Re-union documentary, plus five behind-the-scenes videos, download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath, 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand-written album lyrics.
In addition, fans pre-ordering any of these formats will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official 13 album launch event in London, England, including flights and accommodation. Additional details and full terms and conditions on the contest can be found here.
On the live front, BLACK SABBATH will launch their world tour with a series of dates kicking off next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick off their North American tour which will keep the band on the road from late July through September and includes one Canadian stop, on August 14, at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.