Ozzy Osbourne wants “last gig” Black Sabbath with original drummer Bill Ward
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed his desire to perform one last Black Sabbath gig with drummer Bill Ward who was ousted from their previous reunion.
The band, which was formed by Osbourne, Ward, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, defined the metal genre of the ’70s before multiple line-up changes disrupted the core of the band.
With members of the band being thrown out over the years, Black Sabbath were able to put their past differences behind them and, in 1997, the original line-up reunited and released the live album Reunion.
The band’s final studio album, 13, was released in 2010 after the original members agreed to get back in the studio back in 2010. However, drummer Ward wasn’t included and left the band prior to the recording sessions, citing what was described as an “unsignable” contract for the dispute.
Black Sabbath went on to tour their most recent album right up to 2017 when the band official called it a day. However, Ward’s absence has left a sour taste in the mouth of Osbourne who is keen to resolve the situation.
“I didn’t like the fact that Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly,” Osbourne said in an interview with Kerrang!. “We 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.”
He continued: “[stand in drummer] Tommy [Clufetos] 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.”