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.
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.