BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) and Geezer Butler (bass) were interviewed on this morning’s (Tuesday, June 11) edition of “The Opie Anthony Show” on SiriusXM satellite radio.
A four-minute clip in which Ozzy talks about his drug use with Opie and Anthony can be seen below.
After 35 years, three original members of BLACK SABBATH release a new disc on Tuesday called “13”. The first SABBATH record since 1978’s “Never Say Die!” to feature Ozzy, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and Butler, it’s their second attempt at new music together after a previous effort failed in 2001. Butler told The Pulse Of Radio 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,” he said. “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 10).
BLACK SABBATH will launch a North American tour on July 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.