Heavy metal aims for Vec­tor Arena

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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