This spring, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath are scheduled to release their first new album of the century, entitled 13. To celebrate the occasion, three of the founding members of the Hall of Fame band will make a rare television appearance on the Season 13 finale of the long-running CBS procedural CSI.
35 years after the last studio offering from the original Black Sabbath lineup, the trio of guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne will guest-star as themselves to debut the new album's first single, "End of the Beginning," during the CSI season finale on May 15. While investigating a series of murders inspired by the sins in Dante's Inferno, D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) attend a Black Sabbath concert and witness the legendary band performing the new song.
"When we first heard that Black Sabbath was interested in premiering a song on CSI from their first studio album in 35 years, we were all really excited," stated executive producer Don McGill. "So many of us are longtime fans. And seeing as the album is titled 13 and this is the finale of CSI's Season 13, it seemed like the perfect match. We couldn't be more thrilled."
Produced by Rick Rubin, 13 marks the first full studio album featuring Osbourne, Iommi, and Butler since 1978's Never Say Die! and will be released on June 11. Due to contractual issues, original drummer Bill Ward isn't participating in the reunion and was replaced in the studio by Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine. The band's plans to tour last year were interrupted when Iommi underwent treatment for early stage lymphoma, but they are set to play Australia and Europe this year.
It looks like I'll be watching CSI for the first time ever. Will you be tuning in for Black Sabbath?