SOURCE: Rhino Entertainment

March 05, 2007 10:00 ET

Heaven and Hell Descends on the States

Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice Reunite for U.S. Tour Spotlighting Black Sabbath's Dio Years; The Newly Recorded Single "The Devil Cried" Takes Radio by Storm; Tickets for All Dates Go on Sale the Weekend of March 9

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as Heaven and Hell Live to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band's highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.

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.

For additional information regarding the Heaven and Hell World Tour, please contact Jason Elzy in Rhino Records' Media Relations Department at 818-238-6220 or

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The Heaven and Hell Tour 2007 U.S. Tour will include the following stops:

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

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