NewsApril 17, 2015 8:38 AM ET7,767 views

Ozzy calls out ex-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward

Ozzy Osbourne calls out Bill Ward Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has responded to the recent "open letter" from estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward in which Ward stated that he would not rejoin the band until Osbourne apologized for various remarks he's made regarding Ward during the past few years. Here is Osbourne's response:
"Wow, Bill, what the fuck are you on about? 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 fucked. Tony [Iommi], Geezer [Butler] and myself didn't think you could have done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition, we felt that time was not on our side. "Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside, you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour. "Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. "Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand. "God bless you. "Love, Ozzy"
UPDATE: The back and forth continues, as Ward has now responded to Osbourne's statement:
1. You never wanted to discuss in a public forum. BUT, you did by making all these public comments during your interviews for the 13 album and tour. I was only responding in kind. Don't forget why I spoke out. If you had talked to me and shared your opinions privately, we wouldn't be here today. 2. I was ready and in shape to record. I knew I would need to get in better shape for the gigs –same as I have needed to do and have done in the past. I was beginning my workout regime to get "tour ready." I knew what I needed to do to play the gigs, and I was confident I would be ready. I would not commit to an extensive tour without believing I could go all the way with it. I wouldn't do that to our fans. 3. Shoulder Surgery. This was not a surgery that was an immediate necessity, or an emergency, or something that was prohibitive in terms of playing drums in Sabbath. It wasn't anything like that. I would have elected to do the surgery after we finished touring, but since that didn't come to pass, I scheduled it for the fall of 2013. My other surgery, yes was unexpected, but who among us knows what curve balls might be coming our way. Having had to recently cancel your own gigs, I think you could understand that and not hold someone to "what ifs". 4. The "unsignable" contract isn't a smokescreen – it's the truth. I have been honest with our fans on where I stand. Your opinions of me are completely immaterial – they have nothing to do with my reason for not participating – the "unsignable" contract – that's it. I wonder if I had signed it if any of this would have come up? I imagine we would have made an album and done a tour with the original line up in place. Hey Oz, It's not going to work. I can see you, And, I read your statement. Boy oh boy. Well, I know I didn't expect you to respond to my request of an apology. By the way, it's pretty easy to go back and really look at what was truth and what was not. I notice you're including Tony and Geezer in being in full agreement, that with my health condition I couldn't have played a two hour set with a drum solo. First time I've ever heard about a two hour show with a drum solo. But I'm asking you, not them. Why did you stay in the studio working with me? Why did we go to England for band rehearsals in August 2011? Why did we continue rehearsing in the Fall? Why did we make the announcement of 11/11/11? Why did you call me in late January 2012 asking me to come over to England to continue rehearsals? Why, if you thought I was so unhealthy, did you continue with me at all? You know why, Oz, because I was fine. I was playing. I was good to go. I ran into no, zero, health problems until October 22nd 2013. Oz, I could have played my ass off in 2012, all the way through to October 22nd 2013. The shoulder operation was optional. It was quiet and I needed a wear and tear adjustment. I was fine. I could have gone without surgery. But listen to you, hitting back and hard, too. I don't believe a word of it. I am not an enemy. Eternity will show and serve as proof. None of it, Oz. I'm not going to own a fucking thing, other than I came into the studio initially overweight to tour, but not overweight to record. I was good to record. All of you know how much I put in, especially when I prepare to tour. Your own anticipatory fear has got you by the balls. What fucking smokescreen, about an unsignable contract. Yes, let's get honest. I did. It came out in my statement Wednesday, April 15, 2015. I'm not playing (your quote). I never did. I don't fuck with sincerity and honesty, period. I've done nothing but bring my truth to the fans. Man, you spin it real well. Sorry I can't love you back, Oz. I put my love for you somewhere safe inside my heart in 2012 when your stories started showing up. It's hard to love someone who thinks he's telling the truth by making false claims, elitist comments and just plain rude statements. It'll show up, Oz, in your dreams, in your daily days. I'm clean and have nothing to feel doubtful about. All my actions have been of loyalty, honesty, and open-mindedness. Stay safe old friend. Sad we couldn't roll it out for the fans one more time. I read your speculation, and your what ifs, your doubts. I'm about as far away from being a victim as I am from Hell itself.

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anonymous 4/17/2015 5:55:24 AM

Care = 0

anonymous 4/17/2015 5:57:30 AM

now Sharon is masquerading or ghost writing mister Osbourne's comments? stick with your Atkin's diet and leave the marionette's to the real puppeteers.

anonymous 4/17/2015 6:02:45 AM

lol old people are cute

horseheadxbookends 4/17/2015 6:13:05 AM

i would love to kick Sharon in the gunt

anonymous 4/17/2015 6:42:59 AM

They should just bang and squirt out their frustrations.

anonymous 4/17/2015 6:47:22 AM

Leave the marionettes to the real puppeteers..... We've got William fcking Shakespeare on lambgoat over here

anonymous 4/17/2015 6:52:44 AM

I saw Sabbath twice in recent years without Ward and I can agree there's no way he could've kept up with the work load. I saw Sabbath WITH Ward, 14 years ago, and he did fine. But time's change, they're clearly older and Ozzy's right, time isn't on their side, especially Toni's. I think people would've respected Ward more if he just admitted he couldn't hack it rather than creating a shirt storm of contract issues.

anonymous 4/17/2015 7:43:09 AM

lol...one of these old geezers is actually named Geezer

anonymous 4/17/2015 7:45:36 AM

beginning of statement: "WOW WTF R U TALKING ABOUT IM NOT APOLOGIZING YOURE FUUCKED" by the end of the statement: "HEY MAN WE GO BACK A LONG WAYS LOVE YOU LETS HUG IT OUT BEFORE THIS GETS BAD"

anonymous 4/17/2015 8:15:41 AM

doug banged roger who banged patti who banged pork chop

genghisjohn 4/17/2015 8:46:51 AM

Straight up

anonymous 4/17/2015 9:24:49 AM

Anyone else read this in Ozzy's voice?

anonymous 4/17/2015 9:57:46 AM

Doug funny gangbang fck yeah

anonymous 4/17/2015 10:12:18 AM

can we get skeeter on drums? skeeter valentine

anonymous 4/17/2015 10:41:28 AM

Anyone else read this in Ozzy's voice? I read it in Sharon's cause she wrote it

anonymous 4/17/2015 12:43:16 PM

old fcks need to get the duck over themselves and just have a lemon party already

anonymous 4/17/2015 1:15:28 PM

I am now picturing a Black Sabbath lemon party. Thanks.

anonymous 4/17/2015 1:43:58 PM

I'm too old for this shit. I guess they're not.

what_is_wrong_with_you 4/17/2015 6:34:31 PM

Two old queens having a bitchfest on social media. Just awesome...

anonymous 4/17/2015 9:22:17 PM

Ozzy is a Reptilian entity, why can't anyone see this??

genghisjohn 4/18/2015 12:58:09 AM

Can someone kill the idiots behind the nonsensical Doug Funnie bullshit? These queer teens can't even spell his last name correctly

anonymous 4/18/2015 11:43:03 AM

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anonymous 4/20/2015 1:21:41 AM

I can't help but worry about a future where kids can't even respect the very roots that help create, almost single handed, 90% of the music they listen to today. Do me a favor, love Sabbath or not, but respect is due to those who have earned it. And these dudes without a doubt have.

anonymous 4/20/2015 7:32:26 AM

Leave the marionettes to the real puppeteers..... We've got William fcking Shakespeare on lambgoat over here,do not be upset that you have a G.E.D. and i possess an actual high school diploma...




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