Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as Heaven and Hell Live, beginning April 22 in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17). There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. Fans can go to heavenandhell.frontgatetickets.com for more information.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks, “The Devil Cried,” is the first single. Bristling with the trademark Sabbath sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for Black Sabbath: The Dio Years went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the Heaven and Hell World Tour will spotlight Dio’s tenure with Sabbath and will feature selections from all three of the group’s studio albums, Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-Platinum recording artist Megadeth will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group’s new CD, United Abominations, due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates Machine Head who are supporting their latest album, The Blackening, set for release on March 27.
Heaven and Hell U.S. Tour Dates:
22 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
25 Los Angeles, CA Forum
26 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
29 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
1 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavillion
3 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
6 Minneapolis, MN Theatre @ Target Center
8 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Arena
11 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
12 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall
14 Albany, NY Times Union Center
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
17 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
18 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Pavilion
19 Holmdell, NJ PNC Arts Center