Heaven & Hell
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HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) — supported METALLICA last night (Thursday, July 5) at Rotundenplatz in Vienna, Austria. The setlists for both bands follows:
HEAVEN AND HELL:
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children of the Sea
05. Sign of the Southern Cross
06. Guitar Solo
07. Falling Off the Edge of the World
08. Heaven and Hell
01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Ride The Lightning
04. Disposable Heroes
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. ...And Justice For All
07. The Memory Remains
08. The Four Horsemen
10. Fade To Black
11. Master of Puppets
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13. Wherever I May Roam
14. Nothing Else Matters
16. Enter Sandman
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17. Stone Cold Crazy
18. Seek and Destroy
Deb Rao of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Glam-Metal.com: QUEENSRŸCHE will be opening for HEAVEN AND HELL and ALICE COOPER in September. Are you excited about the tour?
Geoff: Well, we are very excited to be part of it. We pretty much dropped everything we were planning on doing at that point in time so we could be part of the tour. It is monumental for us. We were all very influenced by that BLACK SABBATH line-up. That particular line-up for me is some of the most influential rock music. I can't wait to see it live. I haven't seen the show yet. I am very excited about ALICE COOPER. ALICE COOPER was the first rock show; I ever saw when I was a kid. I saw the "Billion Dollar Babies" tour in 1973. I thought that was all rock shows were supposed to be like. (Laughter) I think it very much influenced my ideas of staging and production. Because of that. So we are every excited on different levels to be part of it.
Glam-Metal.com: Tell me a little bit about the tour. How big a stage show will QUEENSRŸCHE be bringing out with them?
Geoff: First of all, we are opening for the two bands, ALICE and HEAVEN AND HELL. So, no we will have a very sparse set-up production-wise. We are pulling from all of our different records for this tour. We are going to be playing different sets every night. Different set ups, so we kind of rotate some of our songs around. So fans that come to multiple shows can see a different show and a different set from us.
Glam-Metal.com: Now you also are going to be having another new product out in August called, "Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche" (CD and Deluxe CD Collector's Edition) on Capitol/EMI this August. Tell me a little bit about this compilation.
Geoff: That is kind of a very unique best of collection that EMI has put together. What they did is they took different versions of some of our well-known songs and included them on this compilation. Also included our demo, renditions of these popular songs and other popular songs that we've done. There is some unreleased material on it. Our former guitar player Chris Degarmo contributed and gave us a unreleased track that was something that we wrote and didn’t quite finish and had written years ago. We are including that in this collection, as well. I was in a band before QUEENSRŸCHE, it was called MYTH. We had written quite a few songs together. When I joined QUEENSRŸCHE, I brought those lyrics and melodies from those songs and make them into QUEENSRŸCHE songs. So songs like "Take Hold of the Flame" and "No Sanctuary" are done with a whole different band playing them and me singing them. So that is kind of a unique thing, as well.
Glam-Metal.com: How do you feel about the music industry today? Do you feel that there is a whole new generation of fans discovering the band for the first time?
Geoff: Yes, most definitely. We have age ranges from 15 to 45. It is pretty amazing. Our fans have had children. Those children have come to the shows and they bring their friends. It is a whole new thing, in some respect. In fact, I was talking to a group of young people backstage one night after the show and I said, "What brings you to the show?" They said you guys are legends. We really wanted to see you before you are all dead. (Laughter)
Glam-Metal.com: Now you have a great family, which includes five girls. Have any of them followed down your path, and chosen a career in music or acting?
Geoff: No, well maybe my youngest one, Emily, who is ten, might be a musician or actress. She is very talented. She really has a wonderful voice, very strong and big. I think she has the potential to do that. She is in a very sophisticated ballet company, since she was a kid. She loves being onstage.
Glam-Metal.com: Also you appeared on some of the "Metal Mania" releases including the current "Metal Mania Stripped Volume 3". How do you feel about the acoustic versions of the songs? I think a good song starts with the acoustic guitar and vocal. Do you agree?
Geoff: Yes, that is the basic for a song right there, the chord changes and the melody. I really love doing acoustic renditions of songs. I love stripping things down to a real basic form. It is very satisfying. Also playing acoustically, it is very different than playing with the band. In that I can hear it myself, so damn well. I love hearing the intricacies of what s going on musically. Sometimes when you get volume involved, and big distorted guitars it kind of steps on a lot of the subtleties that are going on within the music.
Glam-Metal.com: Geoff, you have had such an extensive career. What are you most proud of? Is it the completion of "Operation: Mindcrime 2"?
Geoff: I am happy every day, I wake up. It is a wonderful life. It is a wonderful career. I play music with people I really love. We are very lucky to be still doing this. But also on the other hand, luck has something to do with it, but it is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of energy and focus to get everybody together on the same page and write a record. It is hard to put together the promotion for the record and get out there and support it on the tour. It is a lifestyle that you have to dedicate yourself to.
Read the entire interview at Glam-Metal.com.
According to Black-Sabbath.com, the final list of dates for the second U.S. leg of the HEAVEN AND HELL tour is as follows:
Sep. 05 - Binghampton, NY - Broom County Arena
Sep. 07 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep. 08 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
Sep. 09 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
Sep. 11 - Reading PA - Sovereign Center
Sep. 14 - Tampa, FL - St. Petersburg Times Forum
Sep. 15 - Sunrise, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
Sep. 16 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
Sep. 19 - Darien NY - Darien Center
Sep. 20 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Sep. 22 - Chicago, IL - Sears Center
Sep. 23 - St Louis, MO - Family Arena
Sep. 25 - Denver, CO - Coors Amphitheater
Sep. 28 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Sep. 29 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor
Sep. 30 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
Oct. 02 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Oct. 04 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Amphitheater
Oct. 05 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl (QUEENSRŸCHE only)
Oct. 06 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Amphitheater
Following the group's successful spring tour, HEAVEN AND HELL will again wow American audiences with its bewitching stage set and truly timeless, classic metal as Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice return for the second U.S. leg of the quartet's continuing world tour. Set to launch on September 5, HEAVEN AND HELL's tour will stop in many cities not included on the previous leg and will feature opening sets from ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE.
Last year, the iconic quartet reconvened to record a trio of songs for "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", a compilation that features essential songs by the short-lived, but beloved incarnation of BLACK SABBATH fronted by Dio. Dubbing the group HEAVEN AND HELL after one of its signature hits, the band launched a much-anticipated world tour earlier this year. The group celebrated its first U.S. concert in 15 years with a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Recorded and filmed in its entirety, Rhino captured the historic concert for a CD and DVD release, "Heaven And Hell Live From Radio City Music Hall", set for an August 28 release.
ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE will join HEAVEN AND HELL on the road this fall creating one of the year's hardest-hitting triple bills. In addition to his duties as a rock 'n' roll icon, Cooper is the host of the syndicated "Nights With Alice Cooper" radio show. Cooper's autobiography, "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster", was released last month. QUEENSRŸCHE is riding high on the success of last year's "Operation: Mindcrime II" album and tour, which brought the group's complete "Mindcrime" saga to the stage in its entirety. On July 3, Rhino will release CD and DVD versions of "Mindcrime At The Moore", which feature QUEENSRŸCHE's performance in front of its hometown crowd at Moore Theatre in Seattle.
Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS have officially been confirmed for Japan's Loud Park 2007 festival. Appearing on the prestigious festival's second day, ALL THAT REMAINS joins the bill alongside Heaven and Hell, Marilyn Manson, Blind Guardian, Saxon and As I Lay Dying among others. This marks the first time ALL THAT REMAINS will appear in Japan, while the band will hit Mexico for the first time as well in late July.
"We are heading to JAPAN!" frontman Phil Labonte says. "This year, the organizers of the Loud Park 2007 Festival have invited ATR to be a part of the fest. So later this fall, ATR is gonna head across the mighty pacific and deliver some live ATR insanity. We are excited more than I can tell you, we have some friends in Japan and hope to make even more. Get ready Japan, and get into it!"
Joe's Podhole recently posted an interview with Labonte from last summer's Ozzfest 2006, featuring hilarious clips from Labonte, Unearth's Slo and Strapping Young Lad's Devin Townsend, which is available for download or podcasting here.
Recently surpassing the 100,000 sales mark domestically, ALL THAT REMAINS recently announced the release of a live concert DVD in October. The DVD will feature live performances from the band’s recent show at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, as well as from their upcoming show in Baltimore at The Recher Theatre on July 12. ATR fans will also be treated to tons of bonus goodies on the new DVD, including behind the scenes footage, band and fan interviews, a live photo slideshow and all of the band’s videos.
In other ALL THAT REMAINS news, July will find the hard-working band filming a video for the third single from 'The Fall of Ideals,' “Not Alone”, in between tour dates. Director Soren will handle the shoot, having already produced videos for Unearth and Light This City. After a handful of domestic tour dates (including a special appearance on the Sounds of the Underground tour), the band heads to Mexico and then Europe through August, where they will pay several major festivals including the Wacken: Open Air Festival in Germany.
Fan pages on MySpace from across the world have started sprouting on the social networking site, including sites from Japan, Germany, http://www.myspace.com/atrmexicoMexico, and the United States.
Here are the latest ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...
Alice Cooper will be replacing Rob Zombie on the previously announced tour with Queensryche and Heaven and Hell. The dates are listed as follows.
September 9 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 14 - Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
September 16 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena
September 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
September 25 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
Heaven and Hell will be touring with Rob Zombie and Queensryche beginning in September, dates to be announced.
Video footage of HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH performing on May 12 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan have been posted online. You can check it out on YouTube.
Rhino has officially set August 28 as the release date for the HEAVEN AND HELL "Live from Radio City Music Hall" DVD and two-CD set. As the title implies, both the DVD and CD packages will include HEAVEN AND HELL's (the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice) performance on March 30, 2007 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Several full-length video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL performing on March 13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have been posted online at YouTube.com.
D.X. Ferris of the Cleveland Scene recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH / HEAVEN AND HELL guitarist Tony Iommi. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Scene: What do you think is the strength of Dio-era [BLACK SABBATH]?
Iommi: The songs are really strong. They stand up, and I just think they're classic songs.
Scene: The Dio albums were heavier and faster. At the time, were you trying to compete with MAIDEN and PRIEST, who'd grown big in your shadow?
Iommi: With Ronnie, it enabled us to do a lot more faster songs. They were a lot more uptempo, and quite exciting. Ronnie creates that vibe. With Ozzy , we used to do some uptempo stuff, but it was mainly mid-tempo material. Certainly now, with our stage show, we can put in more uptempo stuff with Dio - where, with Ozzy, I think "Paranoid" was the fastest one we did. As soon as we changed lineups, it gave us a new spark of life. It's like anything: You can go on and go on. And in them days, we had the first three or four albums really that done well, and then you get into a bit of rut. We were young, don't forget, and we went through a lot of drugs and everything else. And it affected our music and our vibe and our mood and the band.
Scene: Had band cleaned up by Dio's arrival??
Iommi: No. But at the time, it enabled us to clean up a bit afterward. But it doesn't matter if you're doing things or not. You have to create something within the band. And at the time, with Ozzy, we'd sort of burned ourselves out.
Scene: Do you consider the band metal?
Iommi: These days, I just go along with whatever people want to call it. Going back to the '70s, I've just classed us as heavy rock. It got into this label of metal, so that's what it is, you know?
Scene: SABBATH had a few singers. After Ozzy and Dio, who's number 3?
Iommi: I hate to put it in that category, but Glenn Hughes is a great singer. I've done a few projects with Glenn. He's a tremendous singer.
Scene: Do you have future plans for HEAVEN AND HELL?
Iommi: We said we'd do this year and put a time limit on it instead of going on and on and on. I'm sure we'll look at it as time goes on.
Scene: You started a new album with Ozzy, and it never arrived. Will you finish it at some point?
Iommi: I'm sure we will. I don't know when. Last time around, we wrote so many songs, and it just dwindled off. We ended up going on tour, and Ozzy started doing "The Osbournes", and the thing just fizzled out, to be honest.
Scene: Do you think the Dio era is underrated?
Iommi: I think it's got some great respect. Those albums did quite well when they came out. And judging by the shows now, it's fantastic. It's refreshing. It's great. For the last years, we've been playing the Ozzy sets, which has been great. But it's nice to be able to do something else.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update covering their tour with Heaven and Hell and Megadeth to "Get Thrashed":
"I write to you from the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States of muthafuckin' America. We have been out with the HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH guys now for almost three weeks, and man, what can I say... it's pretty unbelievable. Huge dressing rooms, killer catering, every enormo-bottle of Grey Goose vodka the venue can muster up, huge stages, killer lights, killer monitors, killer sound... and, we're on tour with BLACK SABBATH and MEGADETH... life is fuckin' good man.
"It's crazy, we've been having a blast on this tour. Tony Iommi walks by, 'You enjoying the tour?'... Dio pops into the dressing room with expensive wine and talks sports... Vinny Appice gives you a few beers... Geezer cracks a joke at his assistant's expense... it's like being in some alternate universe.
"The HEAVEN AND HELL camp have been amazing, treating us really well, a lot of respect, lots of love from the crew. They've made us feel very welcome. Even when they're kinda mad at us for all of our drunken friends they still give us the benefit of the doubt. The other night after the Texas show, we had so many fuckin' people in our dressing room partying and raging that they literally had security form a line between our dressing room and theirs, because every time one of 'em would walk out of their dressing room, one of our dumbass friends would beeline toward them — zombie like — 'Rooooooooooonnnnnniie!... Bleargh!!' They're really cool about it though, their people said, 'Can you and all your drunk friends please just go to the green room and party?' We're like 'Uhh... okay.'
"You can't really blame our drunk-ass friends though, it's not often that you see Tony Iommi standing 20 feet away from you. I can totally relate, Christ, it took me a week and a half just to muster up the balls to say 'Hi.' I never get starstruck, I mean, I NEVER get starstruck, but man, I don't know what it is... I see Iommi and there's so many things I want to say, and then I think, 'Nooo... I don't want to say any of that!' I have to do it before the tour's over though, I'll kick myself for the rest of my life if I don't.
"And man... they sound un-fucking-believable too, 'Holy Diver'!!!! Dio's voice is unreal!!! The band sounds great, they've got a really loose feel to their songs, lots of jamming, extended parts; which I was surprised about, I assumed they'd be strict about staying true to the records but there's a lot of improv onstage, it's bad-ass to watch. More...
Just For Fun
Spinner recently ran a feature on the 20 worst pre-rock star jobs. Many of them are neither "rock" nor deserving of "star" status, but some entries of interest here are:
5. Tony Iommi: Sheet Metal Factory Worker
3. David Lee Roth: Hospital Orderly
2. Jonathan Davis: Funeral Home Embalmer
For more details on these and to check out the full list, read the full article.
Megadeth will be meeting their fans and signing copies of their latest CD, United Abominations, on May 15th at the Spin Street Stage located in the Shops at Mohegan Sun Concourse. Event begins at 4:30 PM before the sold-out Heaven & Hell show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Please note that due to the short time frame of the event and the huge numbers of fans expected, the band will only be signing copies of their new CD.
For more details, contact Spin Street at 860-862-7664.
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Uncasville, CT 06382
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Launch Radio Networks reports: BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is thrilled with the band's latest release, which spotlights the time when Ronnie James Dio was the singer. It's called "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", and in addition to a selection of material from the past, the album also has three new songs that were written in the last few months for the project. Iommi told Launch that he's happy to showcase Dio's contribution to the SABBATH legacy in this fashion, and the band is also thrilled to have new material to play live. "I think it's great, because this era of the band — certainly since we've been back with Ozzy (Osbourne) — 10 years of not really hearing about this lineup," he said. "And a lot of people have asked about doing an album, and I think it's great now that we can actually go out and play these tracks, and have an album out again of these tracks, with some fresher stuff."
"Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" sold almost 21,000 copies in its first week out, putting it at Number 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.
While they're BLACK SABBATH on the album the group — which also includes Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums — is touring this year as HEAVEN AND HELL. They recently finished up a series of dates that took them across Canada and ended with a DVD shoot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Their next U.S. run of shows begins April 22 in Phoenix.
METALLICA have issued the following update:
"Easter greetings from Metallica HQ! In our ongoing quest to keep you informed about every little thing we have planned for our upcoming jaunt through Europe this summer, we finally have an almost complete list of bands who will be joining us as we take a little break from recording to come hang with some of you in a few of the coolest cities on the planet. As you know, some of the shows are festival dates, so things could change a little here and there, and we may have one or two more surprises for you along the way, but as of April 8, here's what we've got for you so far. And for those of you in Denmark lucky enough to score tickets after we got done with Lars' guest list, we're spreading the Danish love with... just read Lars' extra special Easter greeting...in Danish!
We're super psyched to be sharing the stage with great musicians from all over the world . . . see you out there!" More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: The BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN AND HELL shot a concert DVD at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Friday (March 30). By all accounts, the band's performance was great, with some long-time fans calling it the group's best show ever, but things didn't go as smoothly behind the scenes as they could have. Lead singer Ronnie James Dio told Launch that New York City union issues reared up hours before the concert even began. "We didn't have enough time for a soundcheck because the union went, 'OK, time for a break,'" he said. "'But we've only done half a song.' 'Time for a break.' 'But we've got 15 minutes left.' 'We said, time for a break.' You know that way that goes. So, all in all, it was more difficult than it should have been — but it is a city show, and that's what you've gotta put up with."
There were plans to lengthen the setlist for Radio City, but having soundcheck cut meant the band couldn't properly rehearse. They were planning to add the new track "Ear in the Wall" that's on the new album "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", which comes out tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3).
HEAVEN AND HELL's setlist for the Radio City show was as follows:
01. [E5150 Intro]
02. After All (The Dead)
03. The Mob Rules
04. Children of the Sea
05. Lady Evil
07. The Sign of the Southern Cross
09. The Devil Cried
10. Appice Solo
11. Computer God
12. Falling Off the Edge of the World
13. Shadow of the Wind
14. Iommi Solo/Die Young
15. Heaven and Hell
16. Lonely is the Word
17. Neon Knights
As previously reported, HEAVEN AND HELL will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Wednesday, April 11. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.
Iommi, Butler, Dio, and Appice will be signing copies of "The Dio Years", on Tuesday, April 3 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Best Buy (44th & 5th Avenue) in New York City. Contact the store for further details: (212) 808-0309.
HEAVEN AND HELL's U.S. trek with support from MEGADETH and MACHINE HEAD will launch April 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.
HEAVEN AND HELL - the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer RONNIE JAMES DIO, and drummer Vinny Appice - made their US live debut last night (March 30th) at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY. The show was filmed/recorded for their upcoming CD/DVD, which is expected to be released before the end of the year through Rhino. The setlist was as follows: '(E5150)', 'After All (The Dead)', 'The Mob Rules', 'Children Of The Sea', 'Lady Evil', 'I', 'The Sign Of The Southern Cross', 'Voodoo', 'The Devil Cried', 'Vinny Appice solo', 'Computer God', 'Falling Off The Edge Of The World', 'Shadow Of The Wind', 'Tony Iommi Solo/Die Young', 'Heaven And Hell', Encore: 'Lonely Is The Word', 'Neon Knights'.
The following dates have been released for HEAVEN AND HELL’s U.K. tour with LAMB OF GOD and ICED EARTH later this year:
November 4 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
November 6 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
November 7 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
November 9 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
November 10 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
November 11 - Brighton, UK @ Centre
November 13 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
November 14 - Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff International Arena
November 15 - Nottingham, UK @ Arena
November 17 - Plymouth, UK @ Pavilions
November 18 - Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
Down are back on their feet and all of the remaining shows on. Down has played the last 2 shows at WINNIPEG, and SAULT ST. MARIE. Here are the remaining dates.
Down with Heaven and Hell:
3/22/2007 TORONTO, ON AIR CANADA CENTRE
3/24/2007 LONDON, ON JOHN LABATT CENTRE
3/26/2007 MONTREAL, PQ BELL CENTRE
3/27/2007 QUEBEC CITY, PQ COLISEE PEPSI ARENA
3/28/2007 OTTAWA, ON CIVIC CENTRE
Down headlining tour dates:
3/30/2007 WORCESTER, MA PALLADIUM
3/31/2007 NY, NY ROSELAND
4/01/2007 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY
4/02/2007 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB
As previously reported, the band and primarily Phil Anselmo had caught strep throat and were forced to cancel a number of shows on the Canadian tour in support of Heaven and Hell.
Heaven and Hell, the touring name for the current Dio-fronted incarnation of Black Sabbath, recorded their concert in Vancouver, BC on March 11 for inclusion on a live CD/DVD set that is due out in the fall. More information will be made available at a later date.
LiveDaily.com reports: Heaven and Hell--featuring two founding members of Black Sabbath along with interim Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio and former Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice--have announced dates for an inaugural US tour this spring.
Original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who was originally announced as being part of the reunion, has been replaced by Appice, who joined the group for a brief stretch in the early '80s and appeared on two of the group's albums.
The US dates follow the band's earlier announcement of a March trek through Canada, ending with a March 30 one-off at New York's Radio City Music Hall, a date which sold out in a "matter of minutes," according to the group's publicist.
The new dates kick off April 22 in Phoenix and will see the group canvas 20 cities across the country, starting off on the West Coast and slowly moving eastward. Tickets go on sale to the public March 9, except for the May 2 Houston date, which will go on sale March 17. A special fan presale for all dates will take place Wednesday (3/7) beginning at noon EST. More information on the presale can be obtained at a special website set up by the group.
Opening support for the trek will include fellow metal icons Megadeth, who will preview material from their forthcoming new album, "United Abominations," due in stores May 8. Additional support will come from Machine Head, backing its new album, "The Blackening," which is set for a March 27 release.
Here are the confirmed Heaven and Hell North American tour dates: More...
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's technician Mike Clement has posted the first installment in the HEAVEN AND HELL tour diary at Iommi's official message board.
Mike first started keeping a diary for Iommi.com back in 2005 and his bits of backstage gossip and humorous tales from the road kept everyone entertained. Expect more of the same this time around. He will also be keeping a photo diary as things progress. An excerpt from Mike Clement's first entry follows:
"Before starting the log proper, it is perhaps time to remember a couple of old friends who will not be around to see this new chapter in Tony's career. First up is Alan 'Fluff' Freeman. If you don’t know his name or recognise the nickname, look him up online. His contribution to the making of SABBATH in the early days in the U.K. was immeasurable. In an era when the airtime dedicated to anything other than bubble-gum pop was miniscule, he tirelessly made sure that 'Paranoid' was given as many plays as was possible and continued to support the band over the years in the face of institutional ambivalence. Second up is Richard Willis who died suddenly on Feb 5th. Richard was a sound man (in all senses), well known around the West Midlands and far beyond. He engineered a number of sessions at Tone Hall Mk1 for Tony and also Toni Marie Iommi. More recently, in his capacity as Sales Manager at SSE Audio, the major U.K. sound company, he moved heaven and earth to help me get all our road cases manufactured or refurbished in an astonishingly short time given how busy the SSE casing and fabrication departments are. A good friend to Tony and myself…..he will be missed. More...