During a recent interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward admitted that he wouldn’t “have the chops” required to tour with the band again. However, he went on to say that he would still be open to recording a new album with the group.
Ward said the following:
“Well, I’m not done with Black Sabbath‘s legacy. [Laughs] I haven’t been done. I was made done, but I’m not done. So, the others might be done, but I’m not. But being realistic about that, as far as touring with Black Sabbath, I don’t have the chops, and I don’t have the ability to drive a band like that on stage. I have to be back to 60 years old to be able to do that.”
“I would love to do a studio album with Sabbath, with all the original members. I’m just saying that — I’m just floating that out there. I haven’t talked to anybody about that or anything else. But I’m not done. So, the other three might be done, and I respect that, but no, I’m not done. I think as long as we all exist [laughs] and we’re still breathing in air, I think we have every possibility of making some great music together.”
He also reiterated that he would only want to work in the studio instead of playing shows:
“I’m being honest. I’ll be 73 next birthday [in May], and I know what kind of energy it takes to drive that band.”
Ward’s comments come after members of Black Sabbath previously claimed that he was not physically fit enough to rejoin the band. However, he later denied those allegations and said that his absence from the group was related to an “unsignable” contract.