Saturday, March 29, 2014

Black Sabbath resume rehearsals for spring tour

Black Sabbath have resumed rehearsals as they prepare to return to the road to continue their “13” world tour.

Shows start up again March 31 in New York; the spring trek across North America includes a 3-week Canadian tour that begins April 3 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and wraps April 22 in Edmonton, Alberta, followed by a Los Angeles stop at the Hollywood Bowl on April 26.

“It’s really good to be back in rehearsals with the band, we’re just polishing things up having not played live for over three months,” says guitarist Tony Iommi. “Must have been all the shows last year because I remembered the songs better than I thought I would.”

“We’re all hoping it’s not going to be too cold in Canada,” Iommi continued, “my memories of recording ‘Never Say Die’ in Toronto are mostly about the weather! It makes me appreciate all of you that can live and survive in the cold (or heat come to that), anyway, we’ll be doing our best to raise the temperature every night. To finish up this part of our tour we’ll be going from the cold of Edmonton to outdoors in Los Angeles, and that’ll be strange.”

In sync with the spring tour, the band will release “The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978)”, an 8-disc box set featuring their 1970s catalogue, on April 15.

The package was released on iTunes in January, and a variation of the set (which also included DVDs) was first issued in 2004.

The box set contains all of the studio albums Black Sabbath recorded for Warner Bros. Records during the 1970s, including its iconic, eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark "Paranoid" (1970), the platinum albums "Master Of Reality" (1971), "Vol. 4" (1972), and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (1973), as well as the gold albums "Sabotage" (1975), "Technical Ecstasy" (1976), and "Never Say Die!" (1978).

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