In an interview for SiriusXM‘s Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk, Bill Ward has (yet again) discussed his ability to perform with Black Sabbath.
The drummer said: “As far as touring with Black Sabbath, I don’t have the chops. I don’t have the ability to drive a band like that on stage. I have to be back to 60 years old to be able to do that. I’m being honest. I’ll be 73 next birthday [in May], and I know what kind of energy it takes to drive that band.”
Although the legendary drummer excludes touring with Sabbath again, he’s certainly does not say ‘No’ to recording with the band: “I would love to do a studio album with Sabbath, with all the original members. I’m just floating that out there. I haven’t talked to anybody about that or anything else. But I’m not done. The other three might be done, and I respect that, but no, I’m not done. I think as long as we all exist and we’re still breathing in air, I think we have every possibility of making some great music together.”
Bill Ward was not part of Black Sabbath’s reunion in 2012, which involved recording the album “13” (first one with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!) and a subsequent concert tour. The feud was made public with official statements from all the members of the classic Black Sabbath lineup flying around. The drummer blamed his absence on a contract he refused to sign while Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi repeatedly stated that Ward was physically unable to record and perform with the band.