Heavy metal aims for Vector Arena
Original band members including the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi, alongside touring musicians Adam Wakeman (keys) and new drummer Tommy Clufetos, will play one New Zealand show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on April 20.
It will be their first New Zealand concert since performing at the Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in January 1973.
Original drummer Bill Ward is not involved in this concert. In May, Ward posted on his website that ‘‘after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued’’ and that he would not be participating in the reunion shows but ‘‘will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate ‘signable’ terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future’’.
A few days later Ward was cropped out of photos on blacksabbath.com.
Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album on February 13, 1970.
Their follow- up album, Paranoid was described by Time magazine as ‘‘ the birthplace of heavy metal’’.
They have sold more than 70 million records.
The group are recording their first new studio album in 33 years, which is due for release in April.
Tickets go on sale 9am, Thursday. To register for pre-sale tickets from 12pm Monday go to www. live nation.com.au.