Black Sabbath invite drummer Bill Ward to rejoin for final gig

Band have announced that they will bow out with Japanese festival date in November

Black Sabbath have reportedly invited Bill Ward to rejoin the band for their “farewell” gig.

The band announced a “farewell” gig to take place in Japan yesterday. The performance will be at the Tokyo leg of Ozzfest on November 22. The news was announced by Sharon Osbourne in a YoutTube video.

Both Billboard and Spin now report that Ward has been invited to join the band for the gig. Ward did not record with the band when they returned with latest album ’13’ in 2013, with Osbourne claiming that the drummer was overweight and unable to contribute to the band’s recording and live plans. It was additionally claimed that the band could not come to a financial agreement with Ward.

Black Sabbath will release one final album in 2015, the follow-up to ’13’.

Frontman Osbourne says he understands his bandmates desire to stop touring but that he is not ready to give up yet. “[This will be] our last hurrah…then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing,” says Osbourne revealing that he is “in the process of collecting stuff that I’m writing” for his next solo effort.

Black Sabbath have released 13 studio albums since forming in 1968. The current line up of the band sees Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi joined by third original member Geezer Butler on bass.

Butler was arrested following a bar brawl in Death Valley, California earlier this year (January 27). He was in the Corkscrew Saloon bar when a fight broke out. He was arrested on charges of misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism.
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