HEAVEN AND HELL Confirm New York City Show
January 20, 2007, 10 years ago
Black-Sabbath.com webmaster Joe Siegler has issued the following update:"OK, I got done listening to the Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio interviews with Eddie Trunk. I wasn't planning on staying up, as I was pretty tired, but I got into it. Was nice chatting with some of y'all over on Eddie's site during the show. Wanted to post a few updates based on what was said. Here's some tidbits. These were all said by either Geezer, Ronnie, or Eddie on the show.
As I covered earlier in the evening, the first US gig for the Heaven And Hell tour will be March 30th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There will be no opening act for this show, it's just Heaven & Hell. Tickets are expected to be priced between $54.00 - $74.00 and go on sale Friday, January 26th at 10am.
There will be other US dates, likely in August. No further info is available on them yet.
After the US dates, they will likely play UK, Japan, and Australia.
Both Geezer and Ronnie said that it is pretty likely there will be no Ozzy era tracks played during the Heaven & Hell shows.
Tour rehearsals start roughly two weeks from now.
Black Sabbath: The Dio years will be released April 3rd.
All three newly recorded tracks will be on the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years album. It was previously reported that only two would be, but all three will be there.
There are no keyboards on the newly recorded tracks.
Keyboards on the tour will be handled by Scott Warren from DIO's band.
Geezer did not write any of this new stuff, nor did Bill or Vinny - these tracks were written by Tony and Ronnie. Side note: A recent Rudy Sarzo interview said that two of the three new Sab tracks were originally ideas Ronnie had put forth for the next Dio album, but got used here instead.
Ronnie feels that this was never intended to be a full fledged reunion when it started, just the couple of tracks for the compilation. He did say that the opportunity to dust off the old Dio era tracks was too great to pass up. Finally, he said that history has shown they can't plan too far ahead for this, and that they do not intend at this point to carry on past the tour.
Part of the reason they called this Heaven And Hell and not Black Sabbath was that they all felt that Sabbath was "back together" for awhile now with Oz, and that since they went into the hall of fame with that lineup, that that's the way Black Sabbath will remain. I've said that for a few years now that we'd likely never see another lineup change in Sabbath, and it looks like that's coming to pass.
Ronnie feels that this tour/new material is an affirmation of the legacy Dio era of Sabbath. Ronnie also said that after the Heaven & Hell thing is finished, he will be going back into the studio with Dio to record Magica II and III and then tour 'with a stage show worthy of the story.'"