Ozzy Osbourne urges original drummer Bill Ward to rejoin Black Sabbath for final album

Band will release the follow up to '13' in 2015

Ozzy Osbourne has said that he wants founder member Bill Ward to rejoin Black Sabbath for the band’s next, and supposedly final, album.

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.

However, in a new interview with Esquire, Osbourne described Ward’s absence as “the only sad thing” about the Sabbath reunion and that he wants him to return to the band’s ranks for their next album.

“I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this,” Osbourne said. “One of the biggest things I’m proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. We were four guys who had a great idea.”

Earlier this year, before the band’s headline set in London’s Hyde Park, Iommi had stated that the gig could be the band’s last outing due to his ongoing health problems. However, the band will now reunite for what is expected to be their last ever record.

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