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Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne Says He Was Upset That Rick Rubin Hired Brad Wilk to Play Drums on "13"

Image courtesy of Vertigo/Republic Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Vertigo/Republic Records (via ABC News Radio)

Ozzy Osbourne has been speaking glowingly about working with Rick Rubin on Black Sabbath 's new studio album, 13 , but the famed frontman admits that he did have a major conflict with the producer about one aspect of the record.  The Metal Madman tells Billboard that he was very unhappy that Rubin chose to hire Rage Against the Machine 's Brad Wilk to play drums on the album rather than Tommy Clufetos , who keeps the beat for his own solo group.

The issue started, of course, when founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the recording project because of a contractual dispute.  Ozzy wanted Clufetos to step in for Ward, but Rubin decided to call on Wilk instead.

"The way it was dealt with wasn't very fair on Tommy," Osbourne complains to the magazine.  "Rubin just didn't want to work with him for reasons I don't know.  He's a great drummer, and he's been with me for awhile now and I just felt that nobody discussed the decision about Brad to me."

Ozzy also says he was annoyed because Clufetos had been promised the gig.  He also insists that his irritation over the situation had nothing to do with Tommy being "my drummer and my ego wanted him," adding, "It was just the fact the way it was dealt with."

Osbourne maintains that although he was "p**sed off" about Clufetos being passed over, "It's alright now."  He also tells Billboard that Wilk "did a good job" and is "a very nice guy."

Rubin, meanwhile, sent an email to Billboard explaining his reasons for hiring Wilk.

"Brad is a muscular drummer with great feel and understands the groovy nature of [Black Sabbath's] music," notes Rick.  He adds that after Wilk's first rehearsal with Sabbath, "it was obvious he would do a great job in the seat Bill left vacated."

As for Clufetos, he's been playing drums for Sabbath at all the band's recent concerts and he is expected to continue to do so on their upcoming tour dates .

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