Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler on Bill Ward: “He Just Couldn’t Do it Anymore”

black sabbathIn a recent Time Out Dubai interview, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (pictured on left) talked about founding drummer Bill Ward and the writing sessions of 13 saying, “He just couldn’t do it anymore.” Read what Butler had to say below:

We started off with Bill Ward this time around and it just didn’t happen… To be blatantly honest, he just couldn’t do it anymore. He was thinking that we could take, like, 10 years to do the album, whereas we knew we only had so long to do it and get out on tour, while you’re still good at what you do. Bill was a bit unfit, and ironically in hospital with intestinal problems, so he’d have had to leave the tour anyway if we’d gone out with him.

I love Bill — we all love Bill. It’s a horrible thing he couldn’t complete [the album]. Sabbath is Sabbath, it’s the four of us. We were almost going to call the album ’75 Percent’ at one time [laughs], because that’s what it felt like. Especially when [Rage Against the Machine's] Brad Wilk came in drumming — that was [producer] Rick Rubin’s idea to bring him in, and we thought if we’re bringing a brand new drummer, why can’t we have Bill? But Rick Rubin said, ‘We can’t be in the studio forever waiting for Bill to get it right.’

Ward was originally announced as part of the band’s reunion album and tour in late 2011 but left a year later over contract disputes.

The band’s reunion album, 13, was released last year.

 

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