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Bill Ward Says Ozzy Osbourne Has Not Reached Out To Him Regarding Final Black Sabbath Show


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Earlier in the week Ozzy Osbourne told Rollingstone.com that he was hopeful to have estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward return to the band for their farewell show in their hometown of Birmingham, England in February. The publication asked whether Osbourne was sad about it being the final show, to which he replied:

“Not really. Right now I’m having a blast. I suppose I may have a different head on when we do the last show. I’m sad that Bill [Ward] never came through.”

When asked if they had reached out to him about playing the final show, he replied:

“I don’t know. Every time I reach out to Bill I get yelled at for something. If something can be worked out, great. Tommy [Clufetos] is doing a great job.”

Given the public war of words the pair had engaged in last year, that Ward was approached by Osbourne seemed odd. Ward himself has since taken to his Facebook to dispel any notion of such a gesture taking place:

Ozzy has never reached out since January 26/27 2012 when he called to see when I would be arriving in the UK to join rehearsals for the 13 CD. Since that last phone call, he has never reached out to me, and I have not reached out to him.

Ozzy I’m sad that Bill never came through. Ozzy needs to look to those who stopped me from coming through. The contract was impossible to sign; the group rhetoric of 2012, 2013 and throughout, was fault-finding, condemning and full of dishonest evaluations of me as a person, including my so-called health issues. Had I signed the contract, I suspect I wouldn’t have been labeled as having poor health or having all the other judgmental character references.

As a reminder, in September 2015, we asked a Sabbath representative if there could be an opening to play with the band again. Their representative answered “no.” It’s hard to come through when you receive a “no.”

I love all our Sabbath fans throughout the world, and to toss around ideas that I might play the Birmingham shows is both emotionally heartbreaking for me and spiteful. I think the Sabbath fans who have loved the original band have gone through enough in terms of disappointment and sadness. For me to play Birmingham only, would, I feel, be discriminating and elitist towards our other fans all over the world. I could never be discriminating or elitist to our fans.

It’s been heartbreaking enough not to record and tour and it’ll be heartbreaking not to play to the Birmingham fans. Please know the prevailing circumstances are not by my design. This is not what I would have wanted or what I have chosen. Had any of you had to choose to sign a contract which undermined and devalued you, I think most of you with some dignity and self-respect would have walked away too.

My absence at the current shows and the future Birmingham shows reflects an undeniable and unseen misadventure that my accusers won’t bear. It’s called selfishness and self-centeredness; dishonesty and disloyalty. These are the culprits of Sabbath‘s original line-up’s demise.

Bill

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