It's going to be a party on Black Sabbath's North American tour, as the metal icons have specifically extended a request to the King of Partying -- Andrew W.K.—to be their opening act for the entire run of dates. He will be serving as Sabbath's house DJ essentially, with the goal of warming up the crowd before the godfathers of metal take the stage.

W.K. will perform a special DJ set every night before Sabbath perform. The musician promises to spin a metalhead-approved selection of classic riffs, heavy jams and crowd-pleasing favorites spanning every era of hard rock and metal.

He has been asked to help get the crowd amped for the show and that's just what he plans to do. He is not taking the responsibility or the gig lightly.

Turns out, W.K. is just as surprised by this invite as you are and he's stoked. He said, "I'm just shocked. It’s just the most incredible dream come true! This is the greatest honor I could be given. I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act. I was really in a state of disbelief -- almost sick with amazement and excitement."

He continued, "It took about three days until I fully mastered the reality of this opportunity and realized it was really going to happen. Black Sabbath’s music changed my life from the first time I heard it, and this tour will change my life all over again. I couldn’t be more thankful or humbled by this one-in-a-billion miracle. Can this really be real!? What kind of adventure will this be!?" Headbangers will find out once the tour launches next month.

Black Sabbath 2013 North American Tour Dates

07/25 – Houston, Texas -- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/27 – Austin, Texas -- Frank Erwin Center
07/29 – Tampa, Fla. -- Live Nation Amphitheatre
07/31 – W. Palm Beach, Fla -- Cruzan Amphitheatre
08/02 – Bristow, Va. -- Jiffy Lube Live
08/04 – Holmdel, N.J. -- PNC Bank Arts Center
08/06 – Detroit, Mich. -- DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/08 – Uncasville, Conn. -- Mohegan Sun Arena
08/10 – Philadelphia, Pa. -- Wells Fargo Center
08/12 – Boston, Mass. -- Comcast Center
08/14 – Toronto, Ontario -- Air Canada Centre
08/16 – Tinley Park, Ill. -- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/18 – Indianapolis, Ind. -- Klipsch Music Center
08/22 – Vancouver, British Columbia -- Rogers Arena
08/24 – Seattle, Wash. -- Gorge Amphitheatre
08/26 – San Francisco, Calif. -- Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
08/28 – Irvine, Calif. -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/30 – Phoenix, Ariz. -- US Airways Center
09/01 – Las Vegas, Nev. -- MGM Grand Garden Arena
09/03 – Los Angeles, Calif. -- Los Angeles Sports Arena

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