Why Black Sabbath Rejected Ginger Baker Idea

(Classic Rock) Tony Iommi has offered a little more insight into how Black Sabbath went about replacing Bill Ward for the making of 13 � their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.

They chose Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk to take the stool for recording sessions after Iommi's concerns over time, dictated by his cancer treatment, prevented him from continuing talks with Ward over his contract.

Before Wilk was chosen, producer Rick Rubin put Cream icon Ginger Baker forward for the role. But Iommi tells WWeek.com: "We put a stop on. We didn't think Ginger would have been� we didn't want to go into the studio and have, um, problems.

"We did try some big name drummers � some very big name drummers. They were great, but Rick particularly suggested Brad. He did work hard; he was thrown into the deep end and he was very nervous. He got used to us, our jokes, the way we prank around." more on this story

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