Ozzy on Black Sabbath Reunion: “I Didn’t Like the Fact That Bill Ward Wasn’t There”
It’s been more than two years since Black Sabbath’s farewell tour ended… and the band’s members are still being asked about it. Which has given Ozzy Osbourne ample opportunity to make it clear that he didn’t enjoy the reunion. He has said he wasn’t allowed to have fun. He has said he doesn’t enjoy working with Tony Iommi. And now he tells Kerrang! that he’s as bummed about the absence of a certain member of the band as the fans were:
“I didn’t like the fact that [original Sabbath drummer] Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly. We [Sabbath] didn’t have the fucking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill. Tommy [Clufetos, Ozzy’s drummer, who played with Sabbath on their farewell tour] did great, but the four of us started this, and it should have been the four of us ending it. Those final gigs in Birmingham were bittersweet because you think of how far we came, and how much we did, and it would have been good to have shared that together. Maybe one day there’ll be one last gig, I don’t know.”
Sharon Osbourne has previously denied a rumor that she was responsible for Ward not being part of Sabbath’s last hurrah, while both Ozzy and Iommi have said that Ward wasn’t up to the task physically.
You can read the entire interview here.