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Black Sabbath Apparently Approached Carl Palmer to Join in Reunion
By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino

When Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward dropped out of the band’s recent reunion activities, the group needed to quickly find a replacement.

The heavy metal rockers later selected Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk to play on their album, 13, released in June, and the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Tommy Clufetos, for their tour.

Both drummers have been well-received by both Black Sabbath and fans, but now, one Classic Rocker is claiming it was almost him behind the Sabbath drum kit.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer icon, Carl Palmer, recently told WENN that guitarist Tony Iommi approached him about playing with the reunited band in 2011, but he had to refuse the offer as he had already committed to a tour with Asia.

“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.”

But would the musical stylings of Carl Palmer have been a good fit for the hard-hitting sounds of Black Sabbath? The drummer told WENN that he was definitely up to the challenge and explained that he gains a better appreciation for heavy metal music as he ages.

“I was classically trained but basically I’m a rock drummer and 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,” Palmer explained.

Black Sabbath is currently in the midst of their North American tour, with their next show scheduled for Rogers Arena in Vancouver on August 22.

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