Ozzy Osbourne Hopes Black Sabbath Will Reconcile With Drummer Bill Ward for Next Album
Black Sabbath are riding high on the fact that their new album ’13,’ their first in 35 years, debuted at No. 1 on the Top 200 Billboard chart. This was the band’s first time topping the chart, but they are not content to coast. In fact, frontman Ozzy Osbourne hopes the band will patch up its differences with prodigal son drummer Bill Ward, who sat out this album over contractual issues. Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk filled in.
“It’s a strong possibility,” Ozzy told NME about reuniting with Ward. “We would have loved to have Bill on this album. Maybe we can work things out by the next one.”
Ozzy was quick to acknowledge that the band isn’t getting any younger and because there is the inevitable constraint of time, they need to patch things up –- quick — and work on another album.
“But it won’t take another 35 years,” he promised about the successor to ’13.’ He continued, “I’m 65 now. There’s no f—- recording studios in the afterlife. We’re all even closer for all this s—, so there’s one positive, one f—ing silver lining.”
Ozzy also hopes that fans and headbangers will glom onto ’13’ and that its potency will help them forget about his MTV reality show ‘The Osbournes,’ which catapulted him into mainstream stardom. If there’s one thing the Blizzard of Ozz wishes he didn’t do, it’s that show.
“Of course I regret doing the f—ing show,” he said. “I didn’t want to be on f—ing television. I didn’t become a f—ing rock ‘n’ roll singer to read the f—ing weather forecast, know what I mean? It’s part of the reason I wanted to come back. This album pisses on all that.”
’13’ certainly does a great job of helping us forget the show!