The dispute between Black Sabbath and founding drummer Bill Ward has been well documented, but fans of the band still had hope that he would somehow find his way back in to the current Sabbath reunion.
Now Tony Iommi has flatly rejected the idea that Bill could return during this era of Black Sabbath, while updating fans on the progress of their new album.
"We'll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it's gone past that now," he told Blaring Out (via UltimateClassicRock). "It's gone on so long that I don't see that happening at the moment. Maybe at some point we might."
He updated fans on their current album progress, and said that Ozzy Osbourne was mistaken when he recently claimed that the guitar parts for all 15 songs had been recorded.
"We recorded the 15 songs at my house first in England, just as demos," Tony explained, "But Now We'Re Doing Them For Real. We'Re About 6 Tracks In Now."
Speaking about producer Rick Rubin, Tony said: "He's just a vibe merchant. He's not one that gets involved, hands on. He leaves it to you, and says 'Oh I like it' or 'I don't like it'."
See the full Tony Iommi interview with the Blaring Out show here: