Ozzy Osbourne: ‘Bill Ward couldn’t cut Black Sabbath reunion’

Frontman of reunited metal band claims drummer could not remember what to do

Ozzy Osbourne has claimed that Black Sabbath‘s original drummer Bill Ward was not able to remember how to play his instrument and that he could not cut being in the band.

Black Sabbath, who have reunited for a series of arena tour dates, festival appearances and new album ’13’, were forced to replace Ward from their line-up. Speaking to Mojo, Osbourne says: “We looked at Bill, and he couldn’t remember what the fuck we were doing. But he didn’t come clean and say, ‘I can’t cut this gig, but can we work something out, guys, where I’ll come on but with another drummer backing me up?’ Or, ‘I’ll come and play a few songs.’ That would have been cool.”

As well as struggling with the sets, Ward was also reportedly unable to remember all of the things he needed to do behind his drum kit. “You know them yellow fucking stick-on memo notes? He had them all over his fucking drums,” says Osbourne. “I was like, ‘What the fuck’s that for, Bill?’ He said, ‘I can’t remember what I’m doing.’ I go, ‘How are you gonna remember out of those 500,000 bits of paper stuck all over your kit, which one you’re looking at, Bill?'”

Sabbath recently announced a UK arena tour for December 2013. The band will kick off the tour at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, before calling in at Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester before a homecoming show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on December 20.

Black Sabbath will play:

London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)