No Bill Ward, no Black Sabbath.
I have said it a thousand times, and will say it a thousand times more.
But a faux Black Sabbath will nevertheless release a new album June 11 called 13, and from what I’ve heard of the record thus far, it’s not good.
Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine and addressed Bill Ward’s absence. Believe it or not, the Ozzman claimeth Black Sabbath continued without Bill…for the fans.
“It would have been great to have Bill — all of us said that,” says Ozzy.
“But you can’t expect someone of Bill’s age to be as agile as he used to be. He’s had heart attacks. If he’d turned up and played like he used to, or nearly as well, maybe we’d have worked something out… But we decided that if we were ever going to do this fucking album, you’ve got to be on the case,” says Ozzy.
It got to the point where we said, ‘Are we just going to sit and wait for him to get off his fucking arse or what?’ We had to decide — we couldn’t just keep the fans waiting any fucking longer.”
Black Sabbath will be touring this summer, without Bill Ward.
By the way, I don’t buy for a second Bill’s drumming ability has waned, as Ozzy suggests. I think that’s Sharon’s spin.
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