Ozzy Osbourne hopes Black Sabbath will reunite with drummer Bill Ward on next album

Band split from drummer Ward while making new album '13'

Ozzy Osbourne hopes Black Sabbath will reunite with drummer Bill Ward on next album
Ozzy Osbourne has said that there he hopes drummer Bill Ward will appear on the next Black Sabbath album, following their recent Number One record, '13'.

Speaking to NME in LA ahead of the release of the album, in an interview you can read in the new issue available now, Osbourne reveals his hopes that Ward and the band can sort out their differences and record together.

"It's a strong possibility," says Osbourne. "We would have loved to have Bill on this album. Maybe we can work things out by the next one. But it won't take another 35 years. I'm 65 now. There's no fucking recording studios in the afterlife. We're all even closer for all this shit, so there's one positive, one fucking silver lining."

Ozzy also admits that he hopes '13' will banish memories of his stint as a reality TV star to the confines of history. "Of course I regret doing the fucking show (The Osbournes). I didn't want to be on fucking television. I didn't become a fucking rock'n'roll singer to read the fucking weather forecast, know what I mean? it's part of the reason I wanted to come back. This album pisses on all that."

This weekend Black Sabbath made Official UK Album Chart history with their first Number One in nearly 43 years. The Birmingham metal pioneers entered the Official UK Album Chart at the top, beating close runner Beady Eye's 'BE', which entered at Number Two, by just over 13,000 copies. The last time Black Sabbath were Number One in the UK was 42 years and eight months ago in October 1970, with their second album 'Paranoid'.


The band now hold the record for the biggest gap between Number One albums. The record was previously held by Bob Dylan, who managed 39 years between 1970's 'New Morning' and 2009's 'Together Through Life', while Rod Stewart held the British record with 37 years between 1976's 'A Night On The Town' and his current album 'Time', reports the Official Charts Company.

Black Sabbath tour the UK this December, playing London's O2 Arena on December 10, before shows in Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester, finishing up at Birmingham's LG Arena on December 20. To check the availability of Black Sabbath tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765

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