Black Sabbath: Australian Tour Announcement Due On Halloween?

Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has already confirmed the group will tour Australia in 2013.

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Black Sabbath Australian tour announcement on Halloween seems imminent as a mysterious video posted by concert promoters Live Nation. Suggests that the reunited band could be announcing a tour.

The seven second video (which has since been pulled) promises that "darkness descends" tonight at 10pm (Aussie time) before directing fans towards a collection of Sabbath clips.

Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has already confirmed the group will tour the country in 2013.

"[Black Sabbath] is in the studio right now with Rick Rubin recording," Sharon told Sydney's Triple a few weeks ago. "And they are going to be touring here in the Spring of next year. Definitely."

According to Hennemusic, Sharon didn't elaborate further to clarify if she meant US Spring, which starts in March, or Australian Spring, which begins in September.

After playing three concerts this year, Ozzy and original Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler continue working on a new album while original drummer Bill Ward continues to sit out the planned reunion over a contract dispute.

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    DaniArrow
    I know it's a drag to say so (again and again), but without Bill, I'm not even sure I'd go. They're my favourite band, I've seen them in the original line-up in 2004 and maybe it's better to let that be the last live memory, because that was awesome.
    AcdcTXfan
    I'm not a big Sabbath fan, but was the drummer seriously that important? I thought Ozzy and Tony were Tony were essentially the band. Aerosmith isn't Aerosmith without Joe Perry or Steven, but you can replace anyone else and no one should care much.
    SleepFan
    Yes Tony wrote the music but Geezer wrote all the words. Ozzy just stood there and sang them. Bill was a percussionist for all the sounds going on. His style of playing doesn't sound like anyone else. They can't replace him.
    AcdcTXfan
    Well I also forgot to mention that AC/DC moved on without Bon Scott, and most people probably said Bon Scott couldn't be replaced, and look at the band now. I bet Black Sabbath would still be worth seeing. Now, don't get me wrong, I wish Bill would just sign the damn contract. It really isn't worth holding out of something as big as this reunion just because he's unhappy with his contract offer. But it's turned into a game of egos and pride now.
    SleepFan
    I agree with you on Bon Scott and Brian Johnson but my point is Brian isn't Bon and he isn't trying to be. Bill Ward should just sign the contract. I realize there must be more to this than money. It must be pride and egos but I believe it was Lemmy who said,Well you cant do a reunion without the originals, can you?
    ZWH
    I believe it's a much more difficult case than what it seems to be.
    JMZ08
    Got my Henry tattoo a little while ago, this would be amazing. Bill or no Bill. 3 outta 4 ain't bad I'll be waiting!
    Blacken Light
    I'm not a big Sabbath fan, but was the drummer seriously that important? I thought Ozzy and Tony were Tony were essentially the band. Aerosmith isn't Aerosmith without Joe Perry or Steven, but you can replace anyone else and no one should care much. YES, Bill Ward was that Important. Go listen to Sabbaths Albums with the Original Line-Up, I mean the Deep Cuts, not just "Iron Man", "Paranoid", Etc. and it will become Obvious even to a Non-Sabbath fan the Impact Ward Had on the shape, focus and power of the Music. He isn't just a Drummer, he is a Percussionist. And the fact that Sabbath would use him at the Whiskey Press Conference on 11/11/11 to promote/sell a True Reunion, then offer him a Hired Hand type contract and expect him to take it lying down is disgraceful. They even continued to use his picture on the Official Black Sabbath Website, until he complained. Actually, Geezer Butler played a much more Important role than Ozzy did in that line-up. Being he wrote all of the lyrics, so the Steven Tyler/Joe Perry comparison isn't valid.
    arabmetallion
    I'm no drummer and I usually don't pay attention to the drums but war pigs gave me a good 'ole kick in the nuts and i just thought wow, the drumming in the song is really badass. the same thing happened when I listened to behind the walls of sleep, simple but extremely fitting and well thought out drumming this man has. I dunno how good he is compared to other drummers but I do know that he was the first that really made me pay attention to the drums
    JMZ08
    Doesn't the suggestion of me tattooing an emblem of a band into my body suggest I know a little about them? Bill Ward was a jazz drummer and that gave Sabbath the edge and swing that metal bands miss, that's what make em unique even today. Faries Wear Boots, NIB, Hand of Doom, Sweet Leaf and Warning have some killer swings! Don't label me as ignorant
    Rajah
    Dates have been announced. April/May 2013 Thursday 25 April - Brisbane Entertainment Centre Saturday 27 April - Allphones Arena, Sydney Wednesday 1 May - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Saturday 4 May - Perth Arena My Live Nation members pre-sale tickets will be available from 9am, Friday 2 November. Tickets go on general sale at midday, Thursday 8 November
    jwalk3r
    Bill Ward and Geezer are essential to Black Sabbath. Check out tracks like The Wizard and Supernaut. It is ignorant to say that Ward doesn't add another dimension to the band.
    jasonSG
    Well despite how people there are in adelaide or perth im pretty damn sure they could sell enough tickets in adelaide to do way more than one show and considering theyre skipping us in adelaide altogether it just doesnt seem right and i can think of at least three venues that would be more than suitable
    dr_shred
    Theres 1.7 million people in perth, a little bit more than Adelaide. I think it could be down to venue though as most bands that bother to tour perth also tour Adelaide.
    jasonSG
    What the hell!!?? Why no Adelaide!! Like the other guy said there 1.2million people here!!!
    GMPX
    Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne , this venue sucks, what a shame, but there's really no other that has the seating capacity. I notice there is a few days between the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth gigs, certainly room to add a couple more shows at each venue.
    baumaxx1
    Yeah, but they go and skip Adelaide like everyone else. -.- Come on... we're a city of 1.2m and sell tickets faster than Perth.