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Last week, Black Sabbath announced that they had added new dates to the band's upcoming North American tour — the first full scale tour by Sabbath since 2005. The 2013 World Tour began with shows in New Zealand and Australia and is a follow-up to shows the band played after it reunited in 2012. The much anticipated tour is itself in promotion of a long-awaited new album, 13, which is the first studio album released by the band since Forbidden 1995, and the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne as lead vocalist since Never Say Die in 1978.

The North American leg kicks off on July 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX, and runs until September 3 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The tour will run for 21 dates and include stops in Philadelphia, PA; Tinley Park, IL; and Uncasville, CT. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday and Saturday.

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Elsewhere, season 12 of American Idol is drawing to a close, and attention is beginning to turn to the annual summer tour featuring the competition's finalists. This year American Idol Live features 11 performers — the Top 10 plus sing-off winner Aubrey Cleland. The 40-date 2013 tour begins on June 29 at the Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, MO, and ends on August 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday.

Finally, folk rocker Bob Dylan is taking His Band on the road for the Americanarama Festival of Music. Wilco and My Morning Jacket will join Dylan on the tour, as will Bob Weir, the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Ryan Bingham, and Beck for select dates. The tour begins on June 26 at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL, and ends on August 4 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday and Saturday.

Mother's Day Contest

Happy Mother’s Day! … Just kidding, we’re not quite there yet. Mother’s Day is soon, though, so if you haven’t started thinking about what to get your mom (or moms or grandma or aunt or sisters) then the TN Team would like to help you out!

Our 2013 Gift Idea Guide offers hand-selected events in concerts, theater, sports, and comedy. But it would be even nicer if we helped foot the bill for some of that stuff, right? Which means…


We’ll be giving away several prizes that you can use for mom! (We won’t tell.) One grand prize winner will receive a $75 TicketNetwork gift card and a $25 Gift Code; two runners up will each win one $25 TicketNetwork gift card and one $25 Gift Code; and five randomly selected entrants will each receive one $25 Gift Code.

To enter the Mother Knows Best Contest, use the widget below by entering your name and a valid email address, as well as an answer to the question: "What is the best advice your mom (grandma, aunt, or other significant woman in your life) has given you?"

  • Did she tell you never to take candy from a stranger? (Very solid.)
  • Has she shared the perfect tips for coping with stress?
  • Has she told you the secret to a happy life?

Whatever it may be, tell us which piece of mom’s wisdom you treasure most in the comments below.

The contest begins NOW — 9:00 a.m. EDT on May 2 — and we'll collect your responses through 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 9. We’ll announce the winners here, on the TN Team Blog, on Friday, May 10 — just in time for Mother’s Day. Good luck!

Contest is now over, thanks for your entries!

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