Ozzy: 'Door Is Open' To Bill Ward

Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler discussed their new album in a video interview posted over the weekend.

Ozzy: 'Door Is Open' To Bill Ward
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According to Blabbermouth.net, original Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler discussed their new album in a video interview posted over the weekend. The three musicians are working with producer Rick Rubin on their first recording project together in 34 years, with Osbourne saying, "We've written about 15 songs so far. Whether they all get on the album, I don't know. We just keep on writing." Osbourne also dropped a clue about the set's title, hinting, "Next year, 2013, is a good clue to what we're going to call the album." As for how Rubin influenced the band's approach to writing together again, Butler explained, "He sat us down, put the first album on and said 'listen to this', imagine it's 1969, you've just done that, what would you do next?" Iommi added, "It's taken on the flavor of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it." The album will not be a full-fledged Sabbath reunion. Drummer Bill Ward declined to participate due to issues with the contract he was offered to rejoin the band. "We've tried everything with Bill at the moment, and it's just not happening," Iommi said. "Our legal people are dealing with his legal people. It's all nonsense. We haven't actually heard from Bill, any of this stuff. It's all been through his lawyers." "The door is open," Ozzy added. "As far as I know, his requests were very unreasonable. Nothing would have been better [than] if he would have been [willing to play with us]. I don't know. I don't deal with the business."

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    Jesus_Dean
    ...and still we have no clue as to what the bickering is about. A lot of rhetoric about contracts, unreasonable demands & lawyers, but not one shred of real information as to where the real problem lies.
    metallica_102
    Starting to get sick of hearing about this, but still hope that they can work out the issues for legacies sake.
    INstaNt-RocK
    Am I the only one who noticed that Toni looks terrible? The guy must be really suffering and yet he remains absolutely committed to his music and his fans. Give the man a f*cking standing ovation!
    john_kimble
    I'd like to see Ward rejoin the group. He may not get to play with those guys again. Life is unpredictable.
    xHellbound
    Thanks for posting this. I can never find these interviews. I should probably start checking that blabbermouth site since all the news comes from there anyways, lol. 1:13 - The 'fliction - good band name?
    dennis.1960
    Is it Sharon's greed? Is it Bill asking for an unreasonable amount? Who knows, not me! It's just sad that for whatever reason the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse aren't riding together. Why can't they just bypass the lawyers and make a f'n phone call and work it out amongst themselves, the lawyers work for them not the other way around. Sad.
    bulusvanua
    Minivirus2 wrote: They've failed to mention exactly what is causing the dispute, but when reading all this lawyer nonsense, it's becoming more and more evident that this is a dispute over money. Bill, don't let greed ruin a good thing. To bad that's the world we live in.
    To be fair, no one knows what his story is, maybe he really needs the money. I mean, the Osbournes were having a big tax problem lately, same thing could happen to Bill, and Black Sabbath is really the only avenue he has to make a large amount of money. Could be nothing like that though. Its sad, but, since he's in his mid 60's, he probably has a good reason if its a financial thing.
    rocker222
    wow iommi looks so sick. i hope that being with black sabbath gives him a motivation to never give up, and to keep fighting this shi* that we call sickness.
    AndrewAmadeo
    a drummer wrote: what a fitting picture of Ozzy at the top
    Lmao. The door is open bill.
    jhart08
    Boy Iommi looks rough. Keep fighting the good fight buddy, we're all behind you!
    Minivirus2
    They've failed to mention exactly what is causing the dispute, but when reading all this lawyer nonsense, it's becoming more and more evident that this is a dispute over money. Bill, don't let greed ruin a good thing. To bad that's the world we live in.
    swave75
    It's really sad to Iommi look so sick. As far as the Ward vs. Sabbath issue goes, I am sure we don't even begin to know what is really going on there.
    CinderellaFan14
    Cancer and Chemotherapy couldn't even kill the Iron Man. Maybe weakened him... for now. But... Iron Man lives agaaaaain!
    Voodoochile711
    Forgive me if I'm being ignorant, but couldn't they just call Bill at his house and figure out what the problem is?
    OJ12
    it just breaks me, i was hoping a reunion. Hope they play together
    Danjo's Guitar
    Maybe they're lawyers are just screwing with each other so they can get paid a bunch before Bill and the Band figure out that there is no actual dispute.
    Anjohl
    I bet it's one of those hired contractor things, where Ward was offered a contract as opposed to being a full member of the group.
    miahdoll
    dennis.1960 wrote: Is it Sharon's greed? Is it Bill asking for an unreasonable amount? Who knows, not me! It's just sad that for whatever reason the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse aren't riding together. Why can't they just bypass the lawyers and make a f'n phone call and work it out amongst themselves, the lawyers work for them not the other way around. Sad.
    Sharon doesn't manage Black Sabbath, she has nothing to do with it, this time....lol
    Root Beer
    Voodoochile711 wrote: Forgive me if I'm being ignorant, but couldn't they just call Bill at his house and figure out what the problem is?
    My thoughts exactly. I don't get it either. Why are the lawyers handling EVERYTHING? Ozzy says for all he knows Bill's claims are reasonable, so if he cares so much about having him in the band, why doesn't he find out for himself and revisit the contract?
    dennis.1960
    miahdoll wrote: dennis.1960 wrote: Is it Sharon's greed? Is it Bill asking for an unreasonable amount? Who knows, not me! It's just sad that for whatever reason the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse aren't riding together. Why can't they just bypass the lawyers and make a f'n phone call and work it out amongst themselves, the lawyers work for them not the other way around. Sad. Sharon doesn't manage Black Sabbath, she has nothing to do with it, this time....lol
    No, but she does manage Ozzy. Is it out of the realm of possibility that she could demand 50% for Ozzy, leaving Tony, Geezer, and Bill to split 50% among themselves. Who knows for sure? Not me! (but it is kinda fun to guess though).
    fivebizebeavers
    It would be nice if they would stop going through the lawyers for the time being and just discuss the problems with each other.
    Mouloudo
    Jesus_Dean wrote: ...and still we have no clue as to what the bickering is about. A lot of rhetoric about contracts, unreasonable demands & lawyers, but not one shred of real information as to where the real problem lies.
    Maybe because it's none of your and our business
    djc707
    make up your damn mind. seriously i'm getting sick of all this indecisive back-and-forth about whether or not bill ward will play with sabbath. I hope ozzy realizes ward is the BEST POSSIBLE option, the only acceptable alternative would be vinny appice, who probably isn't too busy now. Just give bill the money and let him play. Do it for the fans please!
    PsiGuy60
    Dammit, I want some useful info about this. "Contract issues" just doesn't cut it. I don't care if it's in legalese, I'll gladly translate if it is.
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Just for the record, I just got home from Download. Sabbath were incredible, even without Ward.
    Robbertto
    Maybe ignoring all the business aspects of being in a band can "maybe" result in something like this? ugh..
    Veritas69
    soulgrenade wrote: Hey, i hear Wolfgang Van Halen is available. (lol)
    hes a bass player.... *facepalm*
    Shiookami
    I won't get into this, as it's honestly just annoying me that bill isn't in the band. but i wills say this... at the end of the video they should have let the solo finish before cutting out
    Grudgeshredder
    swave75 wrote: It's really sad to Iommi look so sick. As far as the Ward vs. Sabbath issue goes, I am sure we don't even begin to know what is really going on there.
    I was about to say, Tony looks like extreme crap. This whole contract nonsense is just getting old though. It's obvious that a reunion isn't going to happen,so good run.
    ne14t
    Love it that they at least said it has only been between the lawyers, it obviously has something to do with cash and as I have been saying he probably wants an equal share which is just not fair if he isn't contributing to writing the songs or music, those people should always get a bit more money or percentages off merchandise or where ever the issue might be stemming from.
    Voodoochile711
    Root Beer wrote: Voodoochile711 wrote: Forgive me if I'm being ignorant, but couldn't they just call Bill at his house and figure out what the problem is? My thoughts exactly. I don't get it either. Why are the lawyers handling EVERYTHING? Ozzy says for all he knows Bill's claims are reasonable, so if he cares so much about having him in the band, why doesn't he find out for himself and revisit the contract?
    Exactly. There are definitely shenanigans afoot.
    fede01_8
    I don't deal with the business.
    that's why Sharon has been ripping you off for years!
    kamel2f2f
    dennis.1960 wrote: Is it Sharon's greed? Is it Bill asking for an unreasonable amount? Who knows, not me! It's just sad that for whatever reason the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse aren't riding together. Why can't they just bypass the lawyers and make a f'n phone call and work it out amongst themselves, the lawyers work for them not the other way around. Sad.
    Exactly what I was thinking, why can't they just make the album by themselves?
    Rorok_89
    Wow, Tony looks really worn phisically... He does show signs of the treatment. At least it seems like he didn't lose a lot of hair. And Ozzy talks like his brain is fried or something. Babbling all the time. I'm starting to think they aren't exatcly fit to give a good show anymore, but hey, who knows...
    Gortorek
    Rorok_89 wrote: I'm starting to think they aren't exactly fit to give a good show anymore, but hey, who knows...
    This is precisely the reason why I didn't risk 500 to go see them play at download this year.