UPDATE: It’s official – Black Sabbath are heading to Australia next year.
Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi have confirmed dates for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
At this stage it’s looking likely that drummer Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper) and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Victoria Beckham, Atomic Kitten) will join the original members on tour, having performed with Sabbath at Download Festival, England's O2 Academy and Lollapalooza in Chicago previously.
General public tickets go on sale midday Thursday, November 8 and an exclusive presale will be available to Live Nation members from 9am Friday, November 2 until 5pm Monday.
Black Sabbath Australian tour dates
Thursday, April 25 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Saturday, April 27 – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Wednesday, May 1 – Rod Laver, Melbourne
Saturday, May 4 – Perth Arena, Perth
Remember that Black Sabbath Australian tour rumour we told you about a little while back? Well there’s mounting evidence it was more than just guesswork with an official tour announcement from Ozzy Osbourne and co. predicted to drop tonight.
In addition to Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne stating the band will “definitely” tour Australia next year, this morning promoters Live Nation posted a short video promising “darkness descends” tonight at 10pm. The seven second Youtube video, which directs users to Black Sabbath clips, has since been set to private. However, Fasterlouder managed to nab this cheeky screen grab before it was taken down.
Additionally, when questioned about the Sabbath tour rumours on Twitter earlier today, Live Nation again replied, "10pm tonight" with the hashtag #darknessdescends. Live Nation also recently tweeted they have "two HUGE announcements to make this week".
Things are getting exciting around here... We have two HUGE announcements to make this week #getready— LiveNation AUS & NZ (@LiveNationOzNz) October 30, 2012
While this is just speculation and we’re joining the dots here, it would appear all will be revealed when the clock strikes 10 pm this Halloween (would be totally appropriate, right?).
In other Sabbath news, the band are currently working on a new studio album with producer Rick Rubin, due out early next year.