Reunited Sabbath Announce Full List Of Euro Dates
Black Sabbath have announced the first leg of their world reunion tour next year. The band will headline a number of Europe’s premier music festivals in 2012 – including a previously announced appearance at Download on June 10.
The Sabs will kick things off on May 18 in Moscow, followed by performances at the Azkena Rock Festival [Spain], Hellfest [France], Graspop Metal Meeting [Belgium] and Gods Of Metal [Italy].
According to a statement, the global tour will take the band around the world including countries they have never played before and others they have not visited in more than three decades.
Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are as follows:
5/18 Moscow, Russia Olimpiski
5/20 St. Petersburg, Russia New Arena
5/23 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena
5/25 Stockholm, Sweden Stadium
5/29 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling Festival
5/31 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
6/2 Malmo, Sweden Malmo Stadium
6/4 Dortmund, Germany Westfalenhalle
6/10 Donington, UK Download Festival
6/12 Rotterdam, Holland Ahoy
6/15 Bilbao, Spain Azkena Rock Festival
6/17 Nantes, France Hellfest
6/19 Paris, France Bercy
6/22 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
6/24 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal
As previously announced, Black Sabbath announced the reunion of their original line-up – and headline slot at Download 2012 – at a press conference on November 11.
This means the classic Sabs line-up will get back together on stage next summer – that’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.
The surprise news was that the reunion will include a new album, produced by Rick Rubin, due for release next autumn on the Vertigo label. Recording will start in January.
The announcement took place in Los Angeles at the famed Whisky A Go Go club on the Sunset Strip.
Host Henry Rollins talked about the impact the Sabs had on his life.
“I was a very alienated young person,” Rollins said, “and when I heard Black Sabbath I realised my life had a soundtrack. I realised there were people out there using music to make great statements. When I heard Iron Man, high school became powerless over me. This is true outsider music.”
Rollins hosted a Q&A before the band answered questions from the press.
Asked about the re-formation, Ozzy Osbourne simply said: “It’s just time.”
Tony Iommi added: “It’s now or never. We get along great. Everything’s really good.”
The band also credited Rubin for helping get them back in the studio.
“He kept phoning us every five minutes,” Tony Iommi revealed.
Geezer Butler added: “We plan to get back to the old Sabbath style and sound.”
Download takes place June 8-10, 2012. Sabbath will be headlining on the last night.
Watch footage of the press conference here.