Nasty Black Sabbath Feud Plays Out on Facebook

Ex-drummer wants apology, Ozzy wants to know what he's 'on about'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 10:28 AM CDT
Nasty Black Sabbath Feud Plays Out on Facebook
Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards 2013 at the Camden Roundhouse in north London, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Back in 2012, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward refused to take part in the group's reunion because of a contract dispute. This week he explained—at great length—his problems with the band and, especially, Ozzy Osbourne. Needless to say, Ozzy does not appear happy about it. In a nearly 700-word Facebook post Wednesday, Ward doesn't give specifics, but says he's been unhappy with "often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician" from the band, particularly Ozzy, and that he won't consider rejoining until Osbourne publicly rights "the wrongs spoken against me." Ozzy responded last night with his own Facebook statement that starts off, "Wow Bill. What the f--- are you on about?"

Rolling Stone offers some backstory: In 2013, Ozzy said he doubted Ward could have performed with Sabbath anyway, as he was "incredibly overweight. ... A drummer has to be in shape. He's already had two heart attacks. I don't want to be responsible for his life." In Osbourne's Facebook post, he notes, "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. Tony, Geezer, 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." In Ward's post, he had also continued to complain about contract issues, and Ozzy added, "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." (Click for 23 of the biggest music feuds ever.)

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