Legendary Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne admitted being off to a bit of a rocky start with producer Rick Rubin prior to recording sessions of the metal pioneers' latest album "13."
During a recent Spin interview, Ozzy remembered how baffled he was by Rubin insisting on listening the group's eponymous debut effort, just to fully get his drift a few weeks later.
"I remember going to [Rubin's] house, and he was going on about the first album. I was like, 'What the f--k's the deal, man? Why the first album? We've all done a billion albums since then.' He goes, 'You're not a heavy metal band. The first one was a blues album.' And I go, 'Yeah.' And he goes, 'That's what I'm looking for.'"
The singer was befuddled. "I said, 'A blues album?! You want us to do a blues album?' I didn't know what the f--k he was on about. I thought he was f--king nuts. But I got the f--king punch line three weeks later. It wasn't that he wanted a blues album so much as he wanted the blues feel from us."
Ozzy also admitted being angry at Rubin for the way drummer Tommy Clufetos was treated. According to the vocalist, the bands touring drummer was on hold after the departure of Bill Ward and was dealt with very unprofessionally.
"We had Tommy on hold," Osbourne said. "And it just didn't work out. The way it was dealt with was wrong, because you can't keep people waiting for nothing. We were going to use Tommy at the beginning, and Rick was against it. And then it turned out that it wasn't dealt with professionally and I got a bit pi-sed off. Anyway, Tommy's doing a great job on the road with Sabbath."
One of the interview highlights also includes Ozzy calling the new record "far superior" to the last Sabbath record featuring him on the vocals, 1978's "Never Say Die."
"With 'Never Say Die,' we were down on our luck. We were just a fucking bunch of guys drowning in the fucking ocean. We weren't getting along with each other and we were all fucked-up with drugs and alcohol. And I got fired. It was just a bad thing," the singer said. "With this album, if we never do another thing together, I can rest my head on the pillow and say it went full circle."
Osbourne then remember the time he was touring with Metallica as his support act, reminiscing a few interesting moments from the road.
"I remember before Metallica got super big, they opened up for me on one of my tours. They were playing old Black Sabbath on the CD player. I go to my assistant, 'Are they taking the pi-s?' And he'd go, 'No, you're their idol.' And I'd go, 'What?' "And I remember their manager asked me at the end of the tour if I would mind coming on and jamming 'Paranoid.' I'm like, 'Are you f--cking joking?' I'm always the last one to get the f--king punch line. So this album, I can honestly rest my head and say, 'We pulled it off.' The only sad part is Bill never came around."
"13" dropped this Tuesday (June 11) via Vertigo/Universal Records as the nineteenth effort in the Sabbath opus. According to Billboard, the album is projected to sell well over 120,000 copies and quite possibly earn the four-piece their first chart-topper in 43 years.