A bit of bad news for all the Black Sabbath fans, a 2015 tour is looking to be in uneven grounds following a feud between Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward ensues.
In a report by Rolling Stone, the two members exchanged heated words that led Ward to release his official statement that got Osbourne answering, “What the f-ck are you on about?”
In the drummer’s statement, he claimed that a possible reunion for a tour would not get his approval unless the singer apologizes to him for his sentiments.
“With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved,” Ward said.
“I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue.” The 66-year-old singer was quick to react to his allegations and even added guitarist Toni Iommi’s condition wasn’t as harsh as his ranting.
“I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s 13 album and tour,” the singer wrote.
“Physically, you knew you were fucked.
Tony [Iommi, guitar], Geezer [Butler, bass] and myself didn’t think you could have done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on.
With Tony’s [lymphoma] condition, we felt that time was not on our side.” “Bill, stop this smokescreen about an ‘unsignable contract’ and let’s be honest,” Osbourne wrote.
“Deep down inside, you knew you weren’t capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour.
Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct, as you were in [the] hospital several times during 2013.
Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you’ve only just recovered from.
This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled.
So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.”