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Ozzy Osbourne Speaks On Why Brad Wilk Played On “13” Rather Than Tommy Clufetos


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Ozzy Osbourne has told Billboard.com that the decision to use Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk on the bands newly-released studio album “13” was that of producer Rick Rubin.

Osbourne mentioned that he was not entirely happy with the decision and states that the bands current live drummer Tommy Clufetos (who also performs with Osbourne at solo shows) was “promised” the studio drumming on the album. Speaking on the matter with the aforementioned site, Osbourne said:

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“The way it was dealt with wasn’t very fair on Tommy. Rick 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, and it’s not fair to Tommy. Tommy was promised the album… It’s not because he was my drummer and my ego wanted him. It was just the fact the way it was dealt with. It just got me a bit, it got me pissed off about it. It’s alright now. He’s a great drummer. I don’t know what the problem was.”

Despite his concerns, Osbourne did go on to say that Wilk did a “good job.” and that he has nothing bad to say about him. Rubin himself explained his side of the situation via email to Billboard, offering:

Brad is a muscular drummer with great feel and understands the groovy nature of their music — Rage Against the Machine is a groovy rock band, not a metal band — so it was worth a try. When they played together the first time, it was obvious he would do a great job in the seat Bill left vacated. Bill‘s a great drummer and I’m sure it would have been an amazing album with him. We all wanted him to participate.”

Original drummer Bill Ward was not involved with the album as a result of contractual disputes.

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