Posted: 17 April, 2015
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward demands a public apology from Ozzy
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In a feud to rival the fury that is the Carlton Blues vs. the Collingwood Magpies, founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been hard at it with front man Ozzy Osborne since 2012, and refuses to budge without a public apology from his former friend.
“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,” wrote Ward on his Facebook page.
The feud has been fuelled even more so since the Black Sabbath 2012 group reunion, which Ward opted out of for “unsignable contractual reasons”.
But now, with rumours flying around online of another album and tour in the works, it seems the feud has flared once again.
Ward doesn’t let us in on exactly what Ozzy said to tick him off so, but there has been a hoard of insults thrown Ward’s way from Ozzy over the years.
Arguably, one of the most offensive public statements Ozzy made was when he called Ward “incredibly overweight”.
“I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life,” he jabbed in a 2013 interview with the New York Daily News.
Ward made sure to explain that he has “neither severed nor discontinued” his involvement with the band for good, but reiterates, “Because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassable dilemma being addressed.”
“I didn’t know Bill was having these issues when we got together – he never mentioned it to us,” said Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi in a Rolling Stone interview in 2012. “It was quite confusing. We wanted him involved, but it was just getting too hard.”
But Ward’s absence has never held Sabbath back, and probably never will. The band decided to continue working on their last record ‘13’ with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, and brought Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos with them on tour.
Still, is Sabbath really Sabbath without him?