Bill Ward did not participate in the Black Sabbath reunion that is ongoing. As the only founding member not with the band, he does have regrets, especially one major one.
In a far ranging interview with DC Heavy Metal, Ward said that the band had been in negotiations for 15 months before things fell apart. Accusations were fired back and forth between members but the only real time that it got nasty was when lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne said that Ward was "incredibly overweight" and implied he was not fit to drum.
Ward now says he has no problem with Sabbath members Toni Iommi, who says he cut off the talks with Ward, or Geezer Butler, who made his own accusations, but says that, with Ozzy, he has lost a friend.
I miss playing with Terry, Geezer, just horribly. I absolutely miss him to death. And I miss playing with Tony just… every day. I mean every single day I– it just blows me away man. And obviously I miss Oz. I’ve had to– with Ozzy I– I’ve lost a friend as far as I’m concerned. A man that I dearly loved, and I still dearly love but I’ve had to really now readjust just how much I’m going to trust and love him. He fired back on some pretty mean stuff in the press so. And I’ve gone OK. Like with any of us when we get hurt we’re going to pull back our love and our considerations for another human being when they kick out at you and you know. So that’s been a big loss.
Check out DC Heavy Metal's interview with Ward that delves into his other current projects along with other subjects.
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