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Black Sabbath Reunion Tour
Tour by Black Sabbath
Location Europe, North America, Oceania, Asia, South America
Associated album 13
Start date May 19, 2012
End date Ongoing
Legs 10
Shows

84

32 in Europe
35 in North America
8 in Oceania
2 in Asia
7 in South America

The Reunion Tour is an ongoing concert tour by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, celebrating the band's 2012 reunion and in support of their album 13, which is the group's first album to feature their original singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die! and original bassist Geezer Butler since 1994's Cross Purposes.[1]

Background[edit]

On 11 November 2011, at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles the band announced that the original lineup was reforming to tour in 2012 and cut a new album. The band was joined by Rick Rubin, who was set to produce the band's new album, the first to come from the original line up since 1978's Never Say Die!. "It was the obvious choice," explained Osbourne of Rubin as producer. "I've known Rick for many years."[2]

Sabbath's last tour with Ozzy was in 2005, and the original lineup last appeared together when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. They attempted to cut a new album with Rick Rubin in 2001, but the sessions fell apart and Osbourne turned his attention to his solo career. The second incarnation of the band featuring Ronnie James Dio reunited under the moniker Heaven & Hell in 2006, but split four years later, after Dio died.

The first announced date was set for the Download Festival in England on 10 June 2012, but later the band announced more dates in Europe.[3][4]

On 9 January 2012, guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the "early stages of lymphoma", according to a statement sent out by the band's publicist. "His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time", the statement says. "Iommi is currently working with doctors to establish the best treatment plan. The 'Iron Man' of Rock and Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery."[5] The band were forced to withdraw from a headlining slot at 2012's Coachella festival, following Iommi's announcement that he was suffering from the lymphoma form of cancer.[6]

Barely a month had passed until 2 February 2012, when original drummer Bill Ward threatened to quit Black Sabbath, issuing a long statement indicating that he would not participate in the reunion unless he was presented with a "signable contract" that "reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band."[7] The following day, the band responded on Facebook: "We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!! - Tony, Ozzy and Geezer"[8] Ward would eventually bow out of playing drums for the group's shows scheduled for 2012 after failing to reach a contract agreement.[9] Butler made it known that Tommy Clufetos, currently of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo band and a one-time member of Rob Zombie's touring outfit, would step in for Ward as Sabbath prepared to perform.[10]

Just two weeks later on 17 February 2012, Black Sabbath reshuffled its reunion plans in light of Iommi's battle with lymphoma. The band confirmed that they planned to play only one show on their planned European tour - Download Festival, which took place on 10 June in England and was preceded by a warm-up show in Birmingham on 19 May 2012,[11] and then followed by a headlining slot at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, marking the band's only North American show of 2012.[12] To make up for the cancellation of the shows, Osbourne headed out on a 17-date tour as part of Ozzy and Friends, which featured special guests such as Slash, Zakk Wylde and Butler on select dates.[13]

The band's concert at Birmingham's O2 Academy was professionally filmed. On August 9, 2012, Black Sabbath released footage of performance of "Paranoid" from the show.[14] The band's performances in at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 29 April and 1 May 2013 were professionally recorded and released as a live album and film, Live... Gathered in Their Masses.

After seeing their 2012 tour cut short due to Iommi’s battle with lymphoma, Black Sabbath returned to the road in 2013. So far, the band has played shows in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, North America, South America and Europe. The band also headlined the first ever Ozzfest Japan in Chiba City, along with Slipknot, on May 11–12, 2013.[15] The dates in 2013 were arranged so that Iommi could return to the UK for treatment once every six weeks.[16]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe (warm-up shows)
19 May 2012[A] Birmingham England O2 Academy
10 June 2012 Leicestershire Download Festival
North America (warm-up show)
3 August 2012 Chicago United States Lollapalooza
Oceania
20 April 2013 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
22 April 2013
25 April 2013 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
27 April 2013 Sydney Allphones Arena
29 April 2013 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
1 May 2013
4 May 2013 Perth Perth Arena
7 May 2013 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Asia #1
12 May 2013 Chiba Japan Ozzfest
North America #1
25 July 2013 The Woodlands United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
27 July 2013 Austin Frank Erwin Center
29 July 2013 Tampa Live Nation Amphitheatre
31 July 2013 West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheatre
2 August 2013 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
4 August 2013 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
6 August 2013 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
8 August 2013 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
10 August 2013 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
12 August 2013 Mansfield Comcast Center
14 August 2013 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
16 August 2013 Tinley Park United States First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
18 August 2013 Noblesville Klipsch Music Center
22 August 2013 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
24 August 2013 George United States The Gorge Amphitheatre
26 August 2013 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
28 August 2013 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
30 August 2013 Phoenix US Airways Center
1 September 2013 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
3 September 2013 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Latin America
4 October 2013 Santiago Chile Estadio Monumental David Arellano
6 October 2013 La Plata Argentina Estadio Unico de La Plata
9 October 2013 Porto Alegre Brazil Fiergs
11 October 2013 São Paulo Campo de Marte Airport
13 October 2013 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose
15 October 2013 Belo Horizonte Esplanada do Mineirão
19 October 2013 Bogotá Colombia Parque Simon Bolivar
22 October 2013 San José Costa Rica Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
26 October 2013 Ciudad de Mexico Mexico Foro Sol
Europe #1
20 November 2013 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
22 November 2013 Stockholm Sweden Friends Arena
24 November 2013 Oslo Norway Telenor Arena
26 November 2013 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
28 November 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
30 November 2013 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
2 December 2013 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
4 December 2013 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
7 December 2013 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
10 December 2013 London England The O2 Arena
12 December 2013 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
14 December 2013 Sheffield England Motorpoint Arena
16 December 2013 Glasgow Scotland The Hydro
18 December 2013 Manchester England Manchester Arena
20 December 2013 Birmingham LG Arena
22 December 2013 National Indoor Arena
North America #2
31 March 2014 New York City United States Barclays Center
3 April 2014 Halifax Canada Metro Centre
5 April 2014 Quebec City Colisée Pepsi
7 April 2014 Montreal Bell Centre
9 April 2014 London Budweiser Gardens
11 April 2014 Hamilton Copps Coliseum
13 April 2014 Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre
16 April 2014 Winnipeg MTS Centre
18 April 2014 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
20 April 2014 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
22 April 2014 Edmonton Rexall Place
26 April 2014 Los Angeles United States Hollywood Bowl
Asia #2
29 May 2014 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Yas Island
Europe #2
1 June 2014 Moscow Russia Olimpiski
3 June 2014 St. Petersburg Ice Palace
6 June 2014 Sölvesborg Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
8 June 2014 Berlin Germany Wuhlheide
11 June 2014 Łódź Poland Arena Łódź
13 June 2014 Munich Germany Königsplatz
15 June 2014 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
18 June 2014 Bologna Italy Unipol Arena
20 June 2014 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
22 June 2014 Clisson France Hellfest
25 June 2014 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
27 June 2014 Essen Stadion Essen
29 June 2014 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
4 July 2014 London England Hyde Park
  • A^ Download Festival warm-up show.
Canceled dates
16 October 2013 Lima, Peru Estadio Monumental Event cancelled by promoter for undisclosed reasons.[17]
5 December 2013 Milan, Italy Fiera Arena Event cancelled by promoter for logistical reasons.[18]


  • Top 100 Worldwide Mid Year Tours 2013: #65[19]
  • Total Gross: US $12.2 million
  • Total Attendance: 90,470
  • No. of concerts: 8

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

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