Mitchell Peters of Billboard.com reports: A full itinerary is still being confirmed, but POISON and RATT will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.
The tour, which brings POISON and RATT onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, says Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely tells Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Confirmed festivals thus far include Birmingham, Ala.’s City Stages (June 16), Bay City, Mich.’s Bay City River Roar (June 22), Pryor, Okla.’s Rocklahoma (July 13) and Sturgis, S.D.’s Buffalo Chip (Aug. 5).
Together for a short but memorable time—a trio of studio albums, a couple of tours, and countless thundering riffs—the second coming of Black Sabbath began in 1979 when founding members Tony Iommi and Terry “Geezer” Butler were joined by Ronnie James Dio. The former singer of Elf (and later Rainbow and Dio) added his fiery, demonic howl to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s crushing mix of iconic riffs, gloomy grooves and doom-soaked imagery.
In late 2006 Dio, Iommi and Butler, joined by drummer Vinny Appice, reunited to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection The Dio Years. These recording sessions went so well that the quartet—billed as Heaven And Hell—launched a highly anticipated world tour in the spring of 2007.
Released just weeks after The Dio Years, this single-disc Rhino Handmade edition of the original double LP, Live At Hammersmith Odeon, features Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice getting hot one December night in London during Sabbath’s 1981 tour for Mob Rules. Previously unreleased, the concert spotlights Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era’s best, including “Neon Knights,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Children Of The Sea” and “Country Girl.” The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including “Paranoid,” “Children Of The Grave” and a white-hot version of “War Pigs.”
Live At Hammersmith Odeon is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies.
NEON KNIGHTS (4:37)
CHILDREN OF THE SEA (6:07)
COUNTRY GIRL (3:53)
BLACK SABBATH (8:24)
WAR PIGS (7:40)
SLIPPING AWAY (3:18)
IRON MAN (7:05)
THE MOB RULES (3:33)
HEAVEN AND HELL (14:24)
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE (5:03)
Live At Hammersmith Odeon is available for $19.98 as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies. Get it now at the following