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Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne was asked by why the band's current touring drummer, Tommy Clufetos, did not record the drum tracks on Sabbath's newly released studio set, 13, on which the drums were played by Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine. Ozzy replied, "The way it was dealt with was wrong, because you can't keep people waiting for nothing. We were going to use Tommy at the beginning, and Rick (Rubin, producer) was against it. And then it turned out that it wasn't dealt with professionally and I got a bit pissed off. Anyway, Tommy's doing a great job on the road with Sabbath."


Here's the way Ozzy explained it to us when we asked what happened: "Tommy was offered the gig until Rick Rubin came along. Rick Rubin didn't want Tommy, and nobody told -- it was a bit of a communication breakdown. Tommy was on the side waiting, and it just didn't work out, you know. It works out in the end."

  • Asked what happened with original drummer Bill Ward, who was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011 but bowed out a few months later, Ozzy told Spin, "To be absolutely truthful with you, I can't really remember. It was such a long time ago. There was the business side of it and the money side of it. We just didn't have the time to keep the people waiting another f***ing ten years . . . We would have loved Bill Ward to step up to the plate, but it never worked out."
  • Ward claimed that he sat out the reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of Sabbath have hinted in other interviews that he wasn't physically up to the task.
  • 13 is the first album in 35 years to feature Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi all playing together.
  • The set, which came out on Tuesday (June 11th), is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. That could hand Sabbath its first Number One album ever in the U.S.


  • With Bill Ward out of the picture, should Sabbath have stuck with one drummer for both live and studio work?
  • Is it strange that Rick Rubin, the producer, dictated who would play drums on the album and not the band members?
  • What do you think of Brad Wilk's work on the record?
  • Why does Ozzy say he can't remember what the issue was when Sabbath has been talking about it for months?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Valhalla wrote: "I am very relieved that Clufetos isn't on the album! What a huge relief that was, he is ok for the live power hitting material, but Brad Wilk is much more the type of drummer they should have! Whew, that was close!"

evilive20 wrote: "its a shame its a black sabbath album but minus a black sabbath member it excellent but not great."

meeprock wrote: "'I don't remember what exactly the problem was.' And yet Oz and Co have come up with half a dozen different stories a week about Bill Ward, throwing him under the bus. Not 2 weeks ago his entire story was that Bill was out of practice."

Gtak wrote: "At least we can thank Rubin for keeping Tommy out of the recording sessions. I still think Rubin's first choice, Ginger Baker, would've sounded more like early Bill Ward than Brad Wilk. wilk's work on the album is way too simple and bland. Not enough crazy fills."

DRock1974 wrote: "Sounds like Ozzy wanted his guy, and in the end they let Tommy tour to pacify Ozzy!"

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne On Drummer Drama

Read more at Blabbermouth, Classic Rock, Noisecreep, Billboard and NME

Read even more info at Blabbermouth

Check out an interview on "God Is Dead" with Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi at Blabbermouth

Read what Brad Wilk thinks at Ultimate Classic Rock and Noisecreep

Loudwire reports Ozzy Osbourne hopes Bill Ward will return to Black Sabbath if they record another album

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