Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath in 1979, will be playing with Iommi and Butler for the first time in 15 years on the trek, which begins March 11 in Vancouver.

As expected, the new band Heaven And Hell, which features three members of Black Sabbath, has announced plans for a North American tour this spring. The group is comprised of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler and veteran drummer Vinny Appice.

Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath in 1979, will be playing with Iommi and Butler for the first time in 15 years on the trek, which begins March 11 in Vancouver. Megadeth and Down will support. Tickets go on sale this weekend, and more dates will be added.

Rhino/Warner Bros. will release an anthology, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years," April 3 before the start of the Heaven And Hell tour. As previously reported, the set will feature three new tracks from Dio, Iommi and Butler: "Shadow of the Wind," "Devil Cries" and "Ear in the Wall"

"The [Dio era had] really good songs [that were] a lot different to the old original Sabbath stuff," Butler told Billboard.com in December. "They really are fun to play because a lot of them have a lot of space, where you can improvise a lot instead of sticking to the rigid formula."

Megadeth will be previewing material from a mew album, "United Abominations," tentatively due May 8 via Roadrunner. Down is also working on a new album, its first since 2002.

Here are Heaven And Hell's tour dates:

March 11: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)
March 13: Edmonton (Rexall Place)
March 14: Calgary (Saddledome)
March 16: Regina, Saskatchewan (Brandt Centre)
March 18: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
March 20: Sault St. Marie, Ontario (Steelback Centre)
March 22: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
March 24: London, Ontario (John Labatt Centre)
March 26: Montreal (Bell Centre)
March 27: Quebec City (Colisee Pepsi Arena)
March 28: Ottawa (Civic Centre)
March 30: New York (Radio City Music Hall)

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