During last month's press teleconference, Black Sabbath
frontman Ozzy Osbourne
thoroughly discussed a wide array of topics, including the departure of drummer Bill Ward
and the group's current album "13
Ozzy also touched on the matter of the early Sabbath days and the way music world used to work back in the day.
"Sabbath in those days was always a band that was created by word of mouth, because you know, long-haired, dope-smoking crazy guys weren't exactly the light of their lives,"
the singer said (via Blabbermouth
). "I mean, the formula for a successful rock 'n' roll band would be a band that your parents love to hate and you get success and that was our philosophy, you know."
Osbourne continued, "The media never gave us one kind word or we never got a No. 1. I thought to myself, 'You'll only last a couple of albums,' and here we are 45 years later and we just got our first No. 1, so I don't know what I'm talking about."
While talking about the band's latest album, Ozzy pointed out that "13" "just came naturally,"
stressing the importance of not forcing music.
"There's no answer - there's no formula,"
he said. "There's no magic - it just happens or it doesn't. I wasn't really into it. They weren't really into it, and you can't force it. It either comes or it doesn't, and I said before in the press that the reunion album was going to have to be something special, the most important album of my career."
As the nineteenth Sabbath effort, "13" dropped on June 10 via Vertigo/Universal Records, earning the metal pioneers their first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with over 155,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.