Black Sabbath and Slipknot have been confirmed for the Japanese installment of Ozzy Osbourne's travelling festival, Ozzfest, set to take place May 11-12, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City which is outside Tokyo.
"Ozzy and I want to tell you that May 2013 we will bringing Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever," Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon said in a video announcement which you can see below). "We are so excited. Please be there because we love you Japan."
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Ozzfest, which began in 1996, has not been a travelling festival since 2007s free edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, also featuring Metallica, before taking 2009 off.
The 2010 US Ozzfest played in just six cities, with Ozzy Osbourne co-headlining with Motley Crue and the rest of the main stage filled out by Halford, the solo band of Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, along with Devildriver and Nonpoint.
The Ozzfest festival faced increased competition in recent years from the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour, as well as the Uproar festival.
Black Sabbath yesterday announced dates for an Australian tour next April 2013. The confirmed dates are:
Apr. 25 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Apr. 27 - Allphones Arena, Sydney
May 01 - Rod Laver, Melbourne
May 04 - Perth Arena, Perth
General public tickets go on sale midday Thursday November 8th and an exclusive presale will be available to Live Nation members from 9.00a.m. Friday November 2nd until 5.00p.m. Monday. More dates will announced later today for Japan.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler are currently working with producer Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studio's in Malibu on their first recording project together in 34 years. Tony Iommi has already recorded all his guitar parts earlier in the UK. Fifteen songs have been written for the CD, with twelve making the final cut and the additional three serving as bonus tracks for different special editions. Sabbath have one song title confirmed which is 'God Is Dead'.
According to SiriusXM Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin, Ozzy Osbourne spoke to Tony Iommi recently and the singer said: "He is in good spirits and recovery is coming along very well from his cancer scare earlier this year."
As for how Rubin influenced the band's approach to writing together again, Butler explained: "He sat us down, put the first album on and said 'listen to this', imagine it's 1969, you've just done that, what would you do next?"
Tony Iommi added: "It's taken on the flavour of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it."
Once again Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will not be part of the Australian/Japan dates nor will he partake in any recording of the album, due to a contractual dispute. Although it's not officially announced it's likely that Tommy Clufetos will perform drumming duties once again.
Since Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer Black Sabbath have only performed three shows with an intimate show in Birmingham, UK and headlining sets at the Download Festival UK and at Lollapalouza in the US.