Black Sabbath's new album 13 is such a success for the reunited band that singer Ozzy Osbourne wants to make another one -- and hopes that original drummer Bill Ward can join the group in the studio this time. When asked by NME about the chances of Ward returning, Ozzy answered, "It's a strong possibility. We would have loved to have Bill on this album. Maybe we can work things out by the next one. But it won't take another 35 years. I'm 65 now. There's no f***ing recording studios in the afterlife. We're all even closer for all this s***, so there's one positive, one f***ing silver lining."
- Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk played drums on 13 after Ward sat out the sessions. While money was believed to be an issue, Ward was reportedly also upset that the group wanted another drummer around anyway to back him up if he was physically unable to get the job done.
- Ozzy told us that Ward being out of shape was the main reason he's not on the record: "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper. I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well."
- Sabbath's future also depends on guitarist Tony Iommi's health. Iommi was diagnosed with a form of cancer in early 2012 and continues to undergo treatment for it. Ozzy told NME, "At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment. He's had chemo and radiotherapy, and now he's on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it's gone for good. I'm sure it has. But you never know with that stuff."
- 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, sold 155,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, giving the group its first chart-topper ever in America.
- The band kicks off a North American tour on July 25th in the Woodlands, Texas.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Should Sabbath do everything possible to get Bill Ward back if they make another record?
- Should Ward do everything he can to make sure he's at least in good physical shape?
- Either way, should the band make a new album sooner rather than later?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?
Connor Bentley wrote: "Brad Wilk did a great job on 13' obviously it's no Bill Ward, but Brad still knocked it out of the park!"
Dave Dietter wrote: "The drumming effort on '13' sticks out like a sore thumb. Bill was missed and they know it."
Alan Barber "'13' is a great album. I disagree with people who think the drumming was sub-par--it wasn't. The drummer locks in tightly with Geezer. Obviously, it'd be better to have Bill on-board for future projects, but '13' doesn't suffer because Bill wasn't on the drummer's throne."
David Garrett wrote: "Should've got him in on THIS album, Ozzy. You guys promised that."
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