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Monday, March 11, 2013

Black Sabbath: "Tony's The Kind Of Bloke That Doesn't Want To Let Us Down," Says Geezer Butler In New Interview

"Tony's the kind of bloke that doesn't want to let us down," Geezer Butler recently told Guitar World. "He wouldn't let his illness interfere with this album. He wanted to get it done."

After much fan speculation regarding Ward's replacement, it was finally revealed this January that Brad Wilk - best known for his work with Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave - had been brought in by Rubin to handle the album's drum duties.

"We'd have loved to have Bill on the album," Butler said. "But suddenly something came up. I went to Hawaii when Tony started his treatment, and when l came back, Bill wasn't in the band anymore."

"The only sad thing is that Bill couldn't keep it together," Osbourne told Revolver magazine. "It would have been great to have Bill with us. I've never understood the business side of this. I don't choose to go there. My wife does that for me, and Geezer's wife is his manager, and Tony's got his manager. So, I keep my nose out of it. But they couldn't come to an agreement with him. I mean, I still love him, and I wish him well, but…"

Although the band was skeptical at first about enlisting Wilk to lay down the drum tracks on "13", he proved up to the task.

"I was really surprised," Butler told Guitar World. "He had that Bill Ward kind of jazzy swing feel, rather than heavy metal bashing."

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