After 35 years, three original members of Black Sabbath release a new disc on Tuesday (June 11th) called 13. The first Sabbath record since 1978’s Never Say Die! to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, it’s their second attempt at new music together after a previous effort failed in 2001. Butler told us why it worked this time: “When we tried it in 2001, we just went in, like, completely without any idea of what we were gonna do. We got about six reasonable songs out of it, but we knew that we had to come up to, like, a certain standard, and we didn’t feel that it did so we didn’t carry on with it. This time we got together and Tony, like, accumulated all these hundreds of riffs, so we had a starting point this time. There was a certain point where we went, ‘Yeah, that’s it, we can do it.’
- The new disc does not feature founding drummer Bill Ward, who has sat out the reunion over contractual issues.
- Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine played drums on the while Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos is behind the kit for live work.
- Asked by Billboard if this will be the last Sabbath album, Butler said, “I guess you should never say never. It could be, though. We’ll see how this album goes, see what happens.”
- The reunion was almost derailed twice, first by Ward’s exit and then by Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis, for which the guitarist continues to receive treatment.
- A video for the first official single, “God Is Dead?”, premiered online Monday (June 10th).
- Black Sabbath will launch a North American tour on July 25th in The Woodlands, Texas.
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