When Black Sabbath went out on their final tour, they did so without Bill Ward, who claimed he was not offered a “siganable contract.” At the time, Ozzy Osbourne also claimed the drummer was not physically fit enough to handle the trek. Now, during a recent interview with Kerrang!, Osbourne seemed to have changed his mind, saying Ward should have been involved in the tour.
Osbourne said the following when asked why he didn’t enjoy Black Sabbath’s final tour:
“I didn’t like the fact that Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly. We didn’t have the fucking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill. Tommy [Clufetos] did great, but the four of us started this, and it should have been the four of us ending it. Those final gigs in Birmingham were bittersweet because you think of how far we came, and how much we did, and it would have been good to have shared that together. Maybe one day there’ll be one last gig, I don’t know.”
He also added the following when asked if it was difficult going back to the band after doing his own thing for years:
“Yeah, it was a bit difficult at times, but we’re all older men now, and we got on with it. It’s not ‘Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath,’ it’s Black Sabbath, and I’m just one quarter of that. Sometimes it feels like people want me to be less ‘Ozzy’ at times, but I can only be myself.”