Ozzy Osbourne revealed Black Sabbath will embark on their farewell tour, and the rocker also announced the band will release a final album. The band’s final album was expected to be released this year, but Osbourne assures fans that the project will be released in 2016. Black Sabbath‘s farewell show that was scheduled for November 22nd, was recently canceled. The cancellation led fans to believe the farewell tour would never happen, but Osbourne has given Black Sabbath fans a reason to believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. “The plan is that next year we’ll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I’m not stopping- my wife spends all my money so I can’t,” the rocker stated. He continued,”We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to. But we are going to do another tour together.”
While there are still a few uncertainties regarding Black Sabbath’s tour and album, it seems drummer Bill Ward certainly won’t be a part of the upcoming events. A couple of weeks ago, Ward revealed he still hasn’t resolved his issues with his former Black Sabbath bandmates. In 2012, Ward decided not to take part in the band’s reunion tour. The drummer claimed a contract dispute was the cause for his absence from the tour, even though his bandmates have always refuted his claims. According to the band, mainly Osbourne, Ward was not a part of the tour because he was not physically fit enough to play live shows.
Ward stated that he will never reunite with Black Sabbath, until he receives an apology from Osbourne. “I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations,” Ward wrote on Facebook. He added, “I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. I was chastised publicly, and I would want him to amend publicly in his words.”
When Osbourne was made aware of Ward’s comments, the rocker did not back away from his previous statement regarding the drummer’s physical health. “I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s 13 album and tour. Physically, you knew you were f***ed,” Osbourne stated. The Black Sabbath frontman added Ward needed to stop hiding the truth, and be honest with the band’s fans.
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