One of the biggest stories this year has been Black Sabbath’s very public argument about their drummer. Original drummer Bill Ward had already been replaced for their last album, 13, and was hoping he could join for the last album and tour. However, by publicly talking about it, he annoyed Ozzy Osbourne. The last we heard, Ward was telling Ozzy he was “out of love” with him. Apparently, that doesn’t extend to the rest of the band, as Black Sabbath, minus Ozzy Osbourne, showed up at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards to pick up a lifetime achievement prize.
“It’s been a good 40 years,” Ward said, accepting the award. “At least I think it has.” The band were presented the award by Queen’s Brian May. Tony Iommi stated once again that Sabbath would be doing one last tour in 2016. “We’ve tried to cut down because of my treatments,” he told the BBC. “We can’t just kkp going round like we used to.” Does the reunion of Ward, Iommi and Geezer Butler for an awards show mean anything? Will the band be able to patch things up for 2016? It sure didn’t look good last time, but time will tell.
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