Friday, April 17, 2015
The feud between Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward continues to heat up.
The pair are at odds over year-old-plus remarks by Osbourne that suggested the drummer was not physically fit enough to participate in the band’s 2013 album “13” and its accompanying world tour.
Ward issued a public statement on Wednesday outlining his need for Osbourne to retract his comments and apologize as a possible step towards further discussions about a full band reunion in time for Sabbath’s final album and tour.
Osbourne replied on Thursday with apparent surprise at Ward’s concerns, refusing to apologize and re-stating that the drummer was not fit to tour.
Ward shot back on Friday with an extended response addressing specific topics referenced by the singer while restating his belief that he was fit to rehearse and record and was preparing his workout regime to ramp up his fitness level come tour time.
“Well, I know I didn’t expect you to respond to my request of an apology,” Ward writes. “By the way, it’s pretty easy to go back and really look at what was truth and what was not. I notice you’re including Tony and Geezer in being in full agreement, that with my health condition I couldn’t have played a two hour set with a drum solo. First time I’ve ever heard about a two hour show with a drum solo.
“But I’m asking you, not them. Why did you stay in the studio working with me? Why did we go to England for band rehearsals in August 2011? Why did we continue rehearsing in the Fall? Why did we make the announcement of 11/11/11? Why did you call me in late January 2012 asking me to come over to England to continue rehearsals? Why, if you thought I was so unhealthy, did you continue with me at all? You know why, Oz, because I was fine. I was playing. I was good to go.”
“Stay safe old friend,” he added. “Sad we couldn’t roll it out for the fans one more time.”
Read Ward's full statement at billward.com
Last year, Osbourne revealed Black Sabbath were planning to record a final album and perform a farewell tour – without providing a confirmed timetable for the project.
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