Ozzy Osbourne Says Bill Ward’s Lost His Touch

Ozzy Osbourne

I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to listen to any of the new Black Sabbath songs, captured live during the band’s Australian tour in fan-filmed footage, but I have.

Ozzy literally sounds like he’s stroking out. Honestly. His words are slurred, his pipes, strained…he sounds like utter shit.

But Ozzy Osbourne must not be able to hear himself, because if he realized how awful his voice sounds now, he’d never criticize another soul again.

Ozzy attacked Bill Ward in an interview with Mojo, saying that while the dispute with the band involved money, “when Bill came along [for Black Sabbath rehearsals], we all had to ask, ‘Can he do an hour-and-a-half, two-hour gig? Can he cope?’ My suggestion was that we run through a set and see how he got on because he was so out of condition and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band.”

Dude. You are a pale, doddering version of your former self, and can’t carry a tune for shit.

“We looked at Bill, and he couldn’t remember what the fuck we were doing. But he didn’t come clean and say, ‘I can’t cut this gig, but can we work something out, guys, where I’ll come on but with another drummer backing me up?’ Or, ‘I’ll come and play a few songs.’ That would have been cool.”

Ozzy continued: “I get where he’s coming from, though. His pride was hurt and I get it. I really do get it. The guy will always be a dear, dear friend and a brother to me, but…He can’t be surprised that he didn’t get the gig. You know them yellow fucking stick-on memo notes? He had them all over his fucking drums. I was like, ‘What the fuck’s that for, Bill?’ He said, ‘I can’t remember what I’m doing.’ I go, ‘How are you gonna remember out of those 500,000 bits of paper stuck all over your kit, which one you’re looking at, Bill?’ (He said) ‘I’ll know.’ Ah, OK great. I’m not gonna give Bill a hatchet job, but at the same time we haven’t got the patience to deal with it.”

Wow. That’s fucked up.

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