Ozzy Osbourne Says Bill Ward Should Have Been Involved In Black Sabbath’s Final Tour

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.”

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler Reunite With Bill Ward At “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” Event

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunited with Bill Ward during the “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday (May 11). The group were honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the event, which also saw Rival Sons performing a covers medley for the trio.

Earthless, CKY, Fireball Ministry, Etc. Members To Appear On Best Of Black Sabbath Tribute Album

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Magnetic Eye Records‘ Black Sabbath “Vol. 4 Redux“ tribute album will now be accompanied by a “Best Of Black Sabbath Redux” tribute album. According to The PRP, the effort will feature Summoner, Elephant Tree, Ironweed, Earthless, Owl, Rwake, Mooner, Year Of The Cobra, Leather Lung, Brume, Caustic Casanova, and Dead Witches. It will also include a collaboration between CKY‘s Chad I Ginsburg and Jess Margera and Fireball Ministry‘s James Rota and Scott Reeder as well.

Watch Bill Ward Perform Black Sabbath’s “Children Of The Grave” Live For The First Time In 13 Years

During the Randy Rhoads tribute show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA last night (March 19), Black Sabbath legend Bill Ward took the stage to perform “Children Of The Grave” with James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Ira Black (I Am Morbid, etc.), and Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill, etc.). This was the first time the drummer has played the track live in 13 years.

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath Bench Unveiled In Birmingham

Black Sabbath were honored with a special bench in Birmingham, England yesterday (February 9). Tony Iommi was present for the event, which was organized by the Westside Business Improvement District. The bench is handmade with stainless steel and it was forged by Gateway Steel Fabrications. It also features pictures of all four original members with the phrase “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968.” Furthermore, Bill Ward also received a star on the city’s Walk Of Stars, making him the final one of the four to get one. All four stars, plus an additional star for the band itself, will be realigned in front of the bench in the shape of a cross.

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi Is Remixing Black Sabbath’s “Forbidden”

Tony Iommi has revealed that he is remixing Black Sabbath’s “Forbidden” for a 2019 re-release. He said the following about that:

“Next year will be the ‘Forbidden’ album coming out, which we’re remixing at the moment — [engineer] Mike Exeter an myself. And it’s been interesting to pull that apart and at least try and get some bigger sounds on it, as it should be. I know Cozy was never happy with his drum sound, and none of us were really happy with the sound of that album. So hopefully now it will be sounding better.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy have announced that Black Sabbath will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award in 2019. Other artists chosen to receive the award include: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, Dionne Warwick and Billy Eckstine. A special ceremony/concert will be held in Los Angeles, CA on May 11. It is currently unknown if Black Sabbath plan to accept the award in person.