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TONY IOMMI On One Last BLACK SABBATH Show With BILL WARD: “It’d Be A Nice Thing To Do”


Ozzy Osbourne recently revealed that he’d be down for one more Black Sabbath show, this time featuring Bill Ward on drums.

“I can’t remember why Bill didn’t do it,” said Osbourne in a recent episode of The Madhouse Chronicles. “I’ve gotta be truthful. It wasn’t really Black Sabbath because Bill wasn’t there. I mean, if you had Ginger Baker playing with The Beatles, it wouldn’t be The Beatles.”

Co-host Billy Morrison then asked Osbourne if he was happy with the end of the band, which he bluntly stated he wasn’t. “No. Because it wasn’t Black Sabbath that finished it. It’s unfinished. If they wanted to do one more gig with Bill, I would jump at the chance. Do you know what would be cool? If we went to a club or something unannounced and we just got up and did it. We started up in a club.”

For those unaware, Black Sabbath sadly ended with only three-fourths of its classic lineup in tact. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler recorded their final album 13 and embarked on a farewell tour without original drummer Bill Ward, who quit the band in 2012 due to contract disputes. 13 featured Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, while the final shows featured Osbourne‘s solo band drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Now in an interview with SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation hosted by Eddie Trunk, Iommi echoed Osbourne‘s sentiments, but remained skeptical that it’ll even happen. Which is fair – dudes aren’t exactly 30 years old and raging to get back out there.

“Oh dear. Oh, as I said, we keep coming and going,” said Iommi. “It’s a funny old thing really. I mean, God, we’ll be 90 by the time we do that.”

He continued: “It’d be a nice idea, but you know, you’re gonna get everybody going, ‘Oh, they’re doing it for the money, they’re doing it for this, they’re doing it for that.’ Well, it wouldn’t be, I mean, it’d be something that… it’d be a nice thing to actually do, but whether it happens will be another thing. But we’ll see. I mean, who knows?”

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