Ozzy Osbourne now says that founding drummer Bill Ward should have been part of Black Sabbath's final tour. Ward was initially part of the Sabbath reunion when it was first announced more than seven years ago, but backed out soon after. Ward later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions due to being offered an unfair contract, while the other three members of Sabbath hinted in interviews that he wasn't physically ready for the trek.
Sabbath went out on a farewell tour in 2016 and early 2017, and now Ozzy has said in a new interview with Kerrang! magazine — done before his recent injury and hospital stay — that Ward should have been there.
He explained, “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. We didn't have the f**king time to hang around, we had to get going, but I'm sorry it didn't work out with Bill.” He added, “Maybe one day there'll be one last gig, I don't know.”
Ozzy told us during the 2013 reunion tour that Ward was not in shape to participate: “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper. I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something.”
Ozzy said that the reunion tour was “a bit difficult at times” and that he has “moved on” since Sabbath played its final shows in February 2017.
Ozzy is currently recovering from surgery that forced him to cancel all his 2019 solo tour dates. He'll resume his “No More Tours 2” trek — said to be his last lengthy worldwide jaunt — in 2020.