BLACK SABBATH - OZZY OSBOURNE "Pissed Off" Over Drummer Drama With 13

June 18, 2013, 4 years ago

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Tommy Clufetos, the drummer in BLACK SABBATH frontman OZZY OSBOURNE's own band, was targeted to take over the stool for 13, but producer Rick Rubin ultimately selected RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk - which Osbourne tells Billboard left him "pissed off."

"The way it was dealt with wasn't very fair on Tommy. Rick Rubin just didn't want to work with him for reasons I don't know. He's a great drummer, and he's been with me for awhile now and I just felt that nobody discussed the decision about Brad to me, and it's not fair to Tommy. Tommy was promised the album... It's not because he was my drummer and my ego wanted him. It was just the fact the way it was dealt with. It just got me a bit, it got me pissed off about it. It's alright now. He's a great drummer. I don't know what the problem was."

Osbourne does, however, feel that Wilk "did a good job. I don't have anything bad to say. He's a very nice guy."

Via e-mail, Rubin explained that "Brad is a muscular drummer with great feel and understands the groovy nature of their music - Rage Against the Machine is a groovy rock band, not a metal band - so it was worth a try. When they played together the first time, it was obvious he would do a great job in the seat Bill left vacated. Bill's a great drummer and I'm sure it would have been an amazing album with him. We all wanted him to participate."

Black Sabbath's reunion album with Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, 13, is headed towards their first #1 in the US and Canada.

13 has so far achieved the following chart positions with the new release:

Germany - #1

UK - #1

New Zealand - #1

Australia - #4

Ireland - #5

The Netherlands - #10

Belgium (Wallonia) - #43

Belgium (Flanders) - #58

13 tracklisting:

'End Of The Beginning'

'God Is Dead?'



'Age Of Reason'

'Live Forever'

'Damaged Soul'

'Dear Father'

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:


'Peace Of Mind'


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