Reuters spoke to BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler about “13”, the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Geezer and guitarist Tony Iommi all playing together.
“The best thing is that we are still fucking all alive to be in a band,” Ozzy said (see video below).
“I don’t know about the rest of the guys, [but] I certainly had a good go at trying to kill myself with the alcohol and booze for all the years.
“I kind of missed the ’90s, you know? I must have been in a cocaine haze, because I can’t remember the ’90s at all.
“We’ve all come out the other side, the other end. It is good to be back sober and clean [even though I have had] a hiccup now and again along the way.
“I don’t get up and the first thing I say is that I will have a shot of brandy. I don’t do that or smoke cigarettes anymore.
“We are alive and it is a lot more more fun being sober and enjoying your fellow workers that you are working with.”
“13” has entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 1. The CD sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry, “BE” by Liam Gallagher‘s BEADY EYE.
The last time SABBATH topped the chart in the U.K. was nearly 43 years ago — in October 1970 — with the band’s second LP, “Paranoid”.
“13” has entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 4. This is the British metal legends’ first Australian Top Ten album since “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” back in 1974.
“13” is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH‘s return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group’s first studio album together since 1978’s “Never Say Die!”
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward‘s decision to bow out of the reunion.