Black Sabbath were not sure about Brad Wilk as the band's drummer, Classic Rock reports.
In an interview with Faster Louder, the iconic metal act's bassist Geezer Butler has been talking about the experience of working with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk on the band's new album. As Geezer notes, there was initially some uncertainty about whether Wilk was the man for the job.
"He was great. We literally had two weeks to work with him before we recorded the songs, and the first week were going 'This guy's just not working out,' and we were panicking. And suddenly it just all fell into place.
"But we were literally doing it three songs at a time, so we had a week rehearsing at Ozzy's studio, and by the end of the week he was getting into it. So we went into the studio and recorded the first three songs with him. And that was probably where Rick [Rubin] really worked out the most. He had the definite idea of what the drummer should do, so he was communicating with Brad, and he's worked with Brad before. So he knew what he wanted from Brad with the songs. And that's the way it worked out, and he did a great job in the end."
Geezer has also offered his thoughts on the current feud with original drummer Bill Ward.
"He started the album with us, the writing stuff, and then we announced the reunion and everything, that we were all getting back together. Then Tony was diagnosed with cancer. We all got back together after Tony's first treatment, and for some reason something had happened with Bill the business side of it and it just didn't work out."