With so much talk of a another Black Sabbath album and various shows and tours, co-founding drummer Bill Ward has come forward and issued a statement.
From Bill Ward’s Facebook page:
“There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed.”
Without a public apology from Ozzy for saying things like Ward is “incredibly overweight,” Ward won’t be doing anything with Black Sabbath. And if that’s the first hurdle, the second hurdle is just as huge. Said Ward:
“Still undone and faraway is a “signable” contract. I would require a “signable” contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.”
Black Sabbath was recently slated to play Ozzfest Japan but have since cancelled the performance without reason. According to the Black Sabbath camp there are discussions of a farewell tour, “though nothing has been officially confirmed by the band.” And as much as we know about Sharon Osbourne, Ward publicly asking for Ozzy to apologize will probably be seen as declaring war against her. So basically, don’t hold your breath waiting for that reunion.
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