OZZY OSBOURNE Says BILL WARD Should Have Been Part Of BLACK SABBATH Reunion - "Those Final Gigs In Birmingham Were Bittersweet"
May 25, 2019, a month ago
Speaking with UK-based Kerrang!, Ozzy Osbourne made some unexpected comments regarding the fallout between Black Sabbath and former drummer Bill Ward that saw Ward excluded from the band's reunion tour and album, 13. The drama started in 2011, and the reunion album was released in 2013 with Brad Wilk on drums instead of Ward.
The excerpt from the Kerrang! interview, found here, reads as follows:
“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 fucking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill. Tommy (Clufetos) did great, but the four of us started this, and it should have been the four of us ending it. Those final gigs in Birmingham were bittersweet because you think of how far we came, and how much we did, and it would have been good to have shared that together. Maybe one day there’ll be one last gig, I don’t know.”
On May 11th at the Grammy Salute To Music Legends is Los Angeles, Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunited with Bill Ward. Black Sabbath was honoured by The Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Rival Sons performed on the night.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. The award is determined by a vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
Ward celebrated his 71st birthday on May 5th.
Ward posted a short video message on his social media accounts thanking his fans for the birthday wishes and said, “Hi guys. I'd like to thank everyone who wished me a very happy birthday. I definitely appreciate it. I'm 71 years now. So… feels good. Feels good. Thank you very much."
— Bill Ward (@billwarddrums) May 8, 2019
In a recent interview with The Blairing Out With Eric Blair show, Kill Devil Hill / Day Of Errors frontman Jason "Dewey" Bragg confirmed that new music is in the works from Day Of Errors, the three-piece launched by orginal Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward.
Bragg: "I know that we're going in the studio next month to record some more. I believe there will be music to download and/or purchase. Tour, I don't think that's gonna happen, but there will be some music coming out soon. Bill is a phenomenal songwriter.... singer and songwriter. He's written all the lyrics, all the melodies, all the music, all the guitar parts, obviously, the drum parts. It's an inspiration to see someone that you've listened to your whole life, and then you get to actually stand in a room with the guy and watch him perform and write and produce. It's amazing."