Video footage of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk in the studio laying down tracks for "13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, can be seen below. Wilk played on the disc following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
"13" is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH's return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group's first studio album together since 1978's "Never Say Die!"
In an interview with SPIN.vom, Osbourne was asked if Brad was SABBATH's first choice to replace Bill during the "13" recording sessions. "I don't really want to go into it," Ozzy replied. "We had Tommy [Clufetos, SABBATH's touring drummer and member of Ozzy's solo band] on hold. And it just didn't work out. The way it was dealt with was wrong, because you can't keep people waiting for nothing. We were going to use Tommy at the beginning, and [producer] Rick [Rubin] was against it. And then it turned out that it wasn't dealt with professionally and I got a bit pissed off. Anyway, Tommy's doing a great job on the road with SABBATH."
"13" is in a race with U.K. act BEADY EYE (featuring former OASIS members) for the No. 1 spot on next week's U.K. album chart. The Official Charts Company reports that there are just 4,500 sales between the two albums.