It should have been Bill Ward, but it wasn’t to be. Brad Wilk of ‘Rage Against The Machine’ got the gig, but there were a few possibilities before him! Like Rik Rubin suggesting Ginger Baker take the empty stool.
Now we hear that the living legend Carl Palmer was reportedly approached to be Black Sabbath’s drummer on the band’s 13 album reunion.
The former Emerson, Lake & Palmer star recently spoke with WENN and revealed that he talked with Tony Iommi about joining the band, but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict.
Carl says “Tony and I did talk when they were looking for drummers to make the album and he put me forward,” Palmer told WENN. “I couldn’t do it because I was off with Asia — we were touring and then something else came up. I couldn’t have done it, but I would have loved to. It just wasn’t on the cards.”
It sounds as though Palmer would be open to joining the band if the opportunity presents itself again. “I was classically trained, but basically I’m a rock drummer,” Palmer explained. “I’ve never been in a true out-and-out guitar band like Black Sabbath, where it’s just big riffs — very simple, but very dynamic. It would be extremely invigorating.”