Ozzy Osbourne would like to have Bill Ward onboard for the upcoming Black Sabbath album and tour.
Fortunately for dedicated heavy metal fans, an original Black Sabbath reunion is still possible according to recent statements by lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, who recently revealed that he would prefer to have founding drummer Bill Ward back in the band for what is being called their final studio album and tour, due sometime in 2015. The vocalist notes, however, that he’d be open to working with Ward if he can “get his stuff together.”
During a recent interview with Esquire, Osbourne reassured previously announced plans for Black Sabbath to record a new album and embark on a farewell tour next year. “I’m not one of these guys to do my solo stuff one night and Black Sabbath the next,” he explained. “I can’t do that, you know. It’s too much to handle.
“So with the Black Sabbath thing, the record company wants us to do one more record, and we’ve decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff. And that’s why I released [the solo career retrospective] ‘Memoirs Of A Madman’, to let people out there know I’m still functioning as a solo artist.”
When asked if he has started writing material with guitarist Tony Iommi, the vocalist responded, “No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, ‘It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don’t have to go searching for the song structure.’ So I’m not starting from a cold block, you know?”
Ozzy continued, “What I’m really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath’s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so…
“The only thing sad about it is I hope [drummer] Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because… one of the biggest things I’m proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still… Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first No. 1 album in America? It was amazing to me.”
As we previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne told Metal Hammer last month that Black Sabbath was preparing to head back into the studio to work on new material. “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great,” he said. “We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.
“Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath, I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said, ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later, I asked her about it again, and she said, ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t fucking 21 anymore. If we’re going to do it, I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said, ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.'”
The reason why Bill Ward pulled out of the 2011 original Black Sabbath reunion has yet to be fully explained by either the current lineup or the original drummer for the heavy metal forerunners; Ward has said his decision was inspired by unfair contractual terms, however the members of Black Sabbath have previously offered that Ward wasn’t in good enough physical shape to handle the task.