It’s impossible to discuss the history of heavy metal without mentioning the heavily lauded Black Sabbath. Three of the band’s albums were voted into Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while the tracks “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” were included on the magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs list. The band itself ranked No. 85 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists, and the original members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Now, over 40 years after the release of the ground-breaking group’s first record, Black Sabbath has made history again, this time with its latest studio release, “13.”
Officially dropped on June 10, the Rick Rubin-produced “13” marks the group’s first studio effort with Ozzy Osbourne since the 1978’s “Never Say Die!,” nearly 35 years ago. The buzz around the “Prince of Darkness” and his return to the band surely contributed to the album attaining Black Sabbath’s first ever No. 1 spot in the U.S., but also to the overwhelming success in the band’s native England.
This month, “13” broke the U.K. record for the longest gap between two No. 1 albums from one band. After the chart-topping success of their 1970 release, “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath had been unable to match the feat until this June, for a grand total of 43 years between No. 1s. The latest musician to break this record was Rod Stewart, whose May 13 release of the album “Time” marked his first No. 1 in the U.K. in 37 years.
On the heels of the success is a forthcoming Black Sabbath tour, which was initially limited to a four-date trek but has since been expanded to 20 performances after overwhelming demand. Black Sabbath tour dates will begin on July 25 at Houston’s popular Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and continue on throughout North America including stops in Tampa, Fla. (July 29), Clarkston, Mich. (Aug. 6), Toronto (Aug. 14), Quincy, Wash. (Aug. 24), and Phoenix, Ariz. (Aug. 30). The final chance to see the lineup of Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, and Geezer Butler will be Sept. 3 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Find an extensive selection of Black Sabbath tickets for these dates and more available now in the Vivid Seats marketplace.