BLACK SABBATH: And It's Still Open
Door still open for Bill Ward.
Ozzy Osbourne has weighed in on drummer Bill Ward's decision to sit out the Black Sabbath reunion. Ozzy says, "There was no row, there was no argument. The door ain't closed. Whether we work something out up the road, I don't know." Guitarist Tony Iommi adds, "It's not a personal thing. If he phoned us up tomorrow, which he hasn't, but if he did…"
Tony Martin, one of the past Ozzy substitutes in Sabbath, says something doesn't sound right. "It seems a bit like a publicity stunt in that they're saying, 'Well, we can’t be bothered to go and do any rehearsals to get him to learn all the stuff again, so let's keep him for another time so we can have another reunion later on.' A bit like a publicity stunt in that way. I wasn't privy to any of the conversations and I haven't seen the contracts that they were talking about, so I can't say for sure. But I just don't get it."
Sabbath is at work on a new album using Ozzy's drummer, Tommy Clufetos.