The Black Sabbath line-up we know and love has not put out an album since frontman Ozzy Osbourne left the band in 1978. So after thirty-four years, the band thought the time was right to put out '13'. Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler came in today to talk about their reformation after all these years.
Producer Rick Rubin first sat the band down and made them listen to the first Black Sabbath album, in order to remind them of their roots, and then forbade Ozzy from ever singing the words "happy" or "glad."
The band got down to work soon after and recorded the opus, including the single "God is Dead?" which was spawned from a cover of Time that Ozzy saw in his dentist's office.
The band eventually got back into their old groove, with a few changes. Ozzy uses a Teleprompter now to remember the lyrics, while Geezer is a clean-life-living vegan. "I eat all the animals," Ozzy quipped.
THE DEVIL AND HIS SOBER COMPANION
Ozzy fell off the wagon last year after a glass of wine on Christmas spiraled into him slipping right back into his old habits.
Now that he's 101 days sober, Ozzy's "sober companion" Dave is by the frontman's side at all times, clearing hotel rooms of their mini bars and making sure the Prince of Darkness stays on the straight and narrow. As Ozzy puts it: "No blow, no f*cking doobies, no alcohol."
He packs and handles all of Ozzy's bags, sleeps in shifts with another guy in his hotel room to ensure that somebody is always awake and watching, and even lives in an apartment above Ozzy's garage like Fonzie.