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Black Sabbath Struggles With Set List For US Tour

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Black Sabbath is on a roll. Their new album, ’13,’ is the band’s first chart-topping album in the US. (Which is shocking). The first-week sales total in the U.S. for ’13′ more than tripled the #2 entry on Billboard.  The new album features the single “God Is Dead?” along with the track “End of the Beginning,” which received a showcase on the CBS drama “CSI.” (Ozzy did some acting, too.) Speaking of Ozzy, he’s mending after a recent drug and/or alcohol relapse, which is even more good news. Son Jack can testify to that.

But here’s the problem – Ozzy says having new material doesn’t make it easier to put a set list together. He tells “USA Today” the band has “so much stuff to choose from” that it’s “very difficult” to decide what to play and what to skip. Ozzy adds that with “so many good songs” it’s also tough to settle on a running order for the show. This would be called a luxury problem.

Black Sabbath launches their 20-date North American trek with a performance in Houston tonight. 

Black Sabbath Tour Dates

July 25 – Houston, Texas, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 27 – Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center
July 29 – Tampa, Florida, at the Live Nation Amphitheatre
July 31 – West Palm Beach, Florida, at the Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 2 – Bristow, Virginia, at Jiffy Lube Live
August 4 – Holmdel, New Jersey, at the PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 – Detroit, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 – Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun Arena
August 10 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Wells Fargo Center
August 12 – Boston, Massachusetts, at the Comcast Center
August 14 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the Air Canada Centre
August 16 – Tinley Park, Illinois, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 18 – Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Klipsch Music Center
August 22 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at Rogers Arena
August 24 – Seattle, Washington, at the Gorge Amphitheatre
August 26 – San Francisco, California, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
August 28 – Irvine, California, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 30 – Phoenix, Arizona, at the US Airways Center
September 1 – Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 3 – Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

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