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Black Sabbath to play Tampa on July 29


Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:24 PM

TAMPA The Black Sabbath Farewell Tour is coming to the Live Nation Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. July 29. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tampa is the third stop of Sabbath’s 20-city North American tour, which starts July 25 in Houston. The only other Florida show is July 31 in West Palm Beach. Sabbath launched its world tour April 20 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Reserved seats are $119, $79, and $49. General admission lawn seats are $19.

Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com, the amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets and by phone.

Black Sabbath plays Tampa just after the release of its long-awaited new album, 13, which is due out June 11 and features singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, instead of drummer Bill Ward. The album is produced by Rick Rubin, a seven-time Grammy winner.

Many people credit Black Sabbath with creating heavy metal, with their first two albums, “Black Sabbath” and “Paranoid.”

Sabbath started in Birmingham, England, where Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward wanted a way to avoid life in a factory through music, according to the band’s website. They formed Earth Blues Company (shortened to Earth), in 1968.

The band changed its name after Butler saw what he said was an apparition one night. With lyrics by Osbourne, the group composed a song about the visitation, entitling it “Black Sabbath,” after the 1963 Boris Karloff film. The band then renamed itself.

Black Sabbath recorded its self-titled first album in a single session in November 1969. The band followed with what is regarded as their best album, “Paranoid” that arrived in the U.S. in 1970, with the classic tracks “Iron Man,” “Paranoid” and “War Pigs,” their website said.

The demands of touring and lifestyle excesses took a toll, though, and after some underperforming albums in the mid-70s, Osbourne quit in 1978 after the Never Say Die! Tour, the website said.

Osbourne went on to a successful solo projects, such as MTV’s “The Osbournes” and his annual Ozzfest tour.

Sabbath went through some lineup changes, with a few albums — “Heaven and Hell” (1980), “Mob Rules” (1981) and “Headless Cross” (1989), which are highly regarded by hardcore fans, the website said.

The band is credited with selling 75 million albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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