The members of Black Sabbath were interviewed last Wednesday (April 10th) by new Fuse News correspondent Jack Osbourne, who of course had an inside advantage in landing the interview thanks to being singer Ozzy Osbourne's son. Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler made a surprise appearance that evening at a Los Angeles listening party for their new album, 13, where Jack asked if there was any nervousness about making a record together after 35 years.
His father replied, "The pressure was on us, because it had been so long since we'd worked together . . . it's like now or never. This album, for me, was probably the most important of my career."
Iommi discussed the writing process for the disc, saying, "I had a bunch of riffs on CDs and played it to everybody, and then everybody decided, 'We like this one' or 'We don't like that,' and the ones we liked, we started work on them." The band was also asked about working with producer Rick Rubin, who has a reputation for actually not showing up very often to the sessions he is getting paid to "produce." Iommi said, "It was funny at first, because coming to rehearsals, when we were actually writing the songs, he'd come down for like, five or ten minutes and then go. Then he'd go,'Call me when you've got another one.' So it was really strange. We'd never worked with anybody like that before.".
13 comes out on June 11th and is the first Sabbath album to feature Ozzy, Iommi and Butler together since 1978's Never Say Die!. Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine provided drum tracks in lieu of original drummer Bill Ward.
Sabbath will begin a world tour later this month in Australia, with North American dates coming in the summer and European gigs penciled in for the fall.
The band will also make a rare TV appearance to perform a new song called "End Of The Beginning" on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.