...well that sucks...original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was a big part of the awesomeness that is the band's classic first five albums (Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971), Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973))
By his accounts, the primary reason he's not still in Black Sabbath is because they lowballed him financially when planning one of their recent tours, much to the consternation of longtime fans. I mean Brad Wilk is cool and all, but he ain't funky and heavy like Ward.
Rick Rubin's presence is encouraging, though...
Anyway, from the digitial desk of Rollingstone.com
Black Sabbath announced today that their new album will be coming out in June. Titled 13, the album features original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, marking the Osbourne-fronted group's first studio album together since 1978's Never Say Die! (editors note: which sucked horribly, because cocaine is a helluva drug) Drummer Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine will be replacing Bill Ward, who dropped out of the Black Sabbath reunion projects in May.
For their 19th album (and ninth with Osbourne), Black Sabbath will be returning to Vertigo, their original label. The album was mostly recorded in Los Angeles, with seven-time Grammy winner Rick Rubin producing. In a November interview, Iomi talked about Rubin's creative process. "He's just a vibe merchant, really. He vibes you up. He's not one who gets involved hands-on," Iommi said. "He leaves it to you to do it and he sort of says, 'Yeah, I like it,' you know, or, 'I don't like it.'"
The band will be heading to New Zealand, Australia and Japan to tour in advance of the album, with additional dates to come.