Black Sabbath: 'We named new album '13' to piss off record company'
The band's eagerly-anticipated new album is finally released today (June 10)
'13', which is released today (June 10), is the first album Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978's 'Never Say Die!'. The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, System Of A Down) and it features Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.
Discussing the album in NME.COM's exclusive video interview, which appears below, Geezer Butler recalled: "Originally the record company wanted us to do 13 songs so that we'd have a choice. We'd get to ten and we'd go 'OK, that's it, we're not writing any more'. They'd say 'no, we want 13' so it was like, let's call the album '13' just to piss them off... and then we ended doing 16!"
Continuing, Butler said that recording 16 songs for the album gave the band a chance to show off their range. "The good thing is, we've got a lot of light and shade now," he explained. "When we were at about ten [songs], it was all, like, ultra heavy stuff, all ten songs. And then we made this six more: there's an acoustic one, there's a blues songs, there's a couple of fast ones in there." Scroll down and click 'play' to watch the full video interview with Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi and check back tomorrow (June 11) for a video interview with Ozzy Osbourne.
Meanwhile, Sabbath have announced a UK arena tour for December 2013. The band will kick off the tour at London's O2 Arena on December 12, before calling in at Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester and rounding off with a homecoming show at Birmingham's LG Arena on December 20.
Black Sabbath will play:
London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)
To check the availability of Black Sabbath tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.