Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne says Bill Ward out of shape for reunion



Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne says original drummer Bill Ward was not in shape for the band’s reunion album (“13”) or tour, despite the fact that he declined to participate over a contractual dispute.

"Here's the bottom line: being a drummer is the most physical part of any band,” Ozzy tells Classic Rock in their new summer issue. “And when Bill turned up, he looked like an old guy. I don't think he had the stamina to play for an hour or so on stage. If I'd had a heart attack like Bill had, I'd go, 'I'm going to lose some weight.' I train — I work my a*se off. So you can't expect someone who's been sitting on their a*se, eating s**t, to come along and go, 'Equal split.' It's insane. I honestly don't know what went down with that deal, but I suppose it's something along those lines. There wasn't any other reason. We didn't gang up on him. And it wasn't like, 'Bill's just the drummer.' I didn't go, 'Oh, if Bill's not here, I get more money.' I don't need any more money, man."

"I'd be a liar if I said I'm glad Bill never made the [new Sabbath] album ['13'],” he continued. “It's kind of a Sabbath album to a point, but it would have been great if Bill could have worked on it. But if we'd had Bill, I honestly don't think we'd have been this far up the road. It was time to s**t or get off the pot. Are we going to do this album, or are we going to sit with our thumbs up our arses forever? It was time to stop f-ing around and get on with it. I'm 65 this year, Tony's [Iommi] already 65, Geezer's [Butler] coming up to 64. We all realized that if we keep hanging on any longer we're going to be dead! I mean Tony could have croaked."

While all the members of Black Sabbath have a shared history, it’s Ozzy and Bill who were the closest in the band.

"I love him. We were the Crazy Twins,” says Ozzy. “Tony and Geezer would always travel on their own because they didn't want to be around us. We were always doing some thing or other. Bill is a very dear friend of mine and he will always have a place in my heart."

Ozzy says the door is still open for Ward, “If he gets his shit together. I'm not going to slag Bill off. But it's not our fault. For some reason, getting us all on the same page is the hardest thing in the world."

As a result of Ward’s decision, the remaining members of Black Sabbath recorded “13” with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, while Ozzy’s solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, began handling live dates, including the current North American tour.

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