Ozzy's Fear Of Letting Down Sabbath Fans

Ozzy Osbourne is concerned that some Black Sabbath fans might feel let down by his first album with the band since 1978′s Never Say Die.

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Ozzy is currently recording 15 tracks with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler but without drummer Bill Ward, who says he wasn't offered a reasonable contract to be part of the reunion.

Osbourne tells the New Zealand Herald: "Black Sabbath is very unique in the respect that nothing is formulated. It's very unpredictable. I just hope the people who have waited all these years aren't disappointed."

Ward's absence isn't the only hurdle the band have had to jump they've also had to deal with Iommi's cancer diagnosis. "It's been a bit rough on him," says the singer, "But he still manages to come up with those great riffs."

According to ClassicRockMagazine there's also an upside to Sabbath's new lease of life. Osbourne reports: "What's different now is that none of us get drunk or stoned, or any of that stuff. We're all clean and in control of ourselves. We're not intimidated by each other, there are no arguments and it's the way it should be."

It's a far cry from the out-of-control scenes which saw the band firing their frontman in 1979. "When we were kids we had egos," he says. "When you're 21 and you get some success it takes a while to get your head around.

"You have the spoils of success: cars, houses, money, drugs, groupies if you go through that and you're lucky enough to survive, you get married, you get divorced, you get married again, and it's a journey.

"But we've done it all. So what it boils down to is the music. And that's what got us where we are in the first place. We're still able to work together and that's where the enjoyment comes from. It's been a lot of fun making this record."

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    If Iommi is writing the riffs, then the new Sabbath record will be just fine. The best Sabbath songs may have been with Ozzy, but Ozzy isn't what made them great - Tony's riffs made them great.
    Ozzy's vocals, Geezer's bass, Bill's drums, AND Tony's riffs made them great. There is just something about all four of those factors working together thats just eargasmic.
    They could fart on a record and it would be better than the crap people play today!
    i just re-read the ozzy biography. I have alot of respect for him and the other 3 guys from Black Sabbath. They came from nothing. Of course, being a former teenage metal head who loved black sabbath also adds to the admiration
    "Black Sabbath is very unique in the respect that nothing is formulated. It's very unpredictable." I love this quote. I love the fact that they haven't sat down and said "Well.. this is what we're known for... so we'll do it". They've instead decided "No, we're unique, we don't plan anything, that's what Black Sabbath is!" For this reason, I look forward to the album. Sure enough, we'll recognise it as Sabbath, but we have no idea what tricks they have up their sleeves this time, especially after so many years!
    still a bummer that bill ward isn't included.....I want the original line-up !!!
    And even if they couldn't get Bill, I think they could have chosen a lot better than Tommy Clufetos
    Obviously the Sabbath record will be amazing. But hopefully Bill's absence wont hinder the album's popularity among long-time returning fans.
    I think its great to have to well and a new album... Too bad Bill is not apart of it.. They have time to do an Anthrax and record with Bill but either way... We will have Tonys guitar sound Geezers amazing Basslines... And Ozzy voice... Cannot wait... It will be Black Sabbath.
    It's so disappointing that Bill Ward will not be joining them for this. Nevertheless, I can't wait to hear the new music. Many debts owed to Sabbath for bringing into form the best genre of music ever! \m/
    didn't see much fear in the interview!!!!! wtf! he says all well toni still got it. be rough.... not oh i think its gonna be shite....
    I think it's safe to assume that every musician feels this way about their music; this is not news UG.
    It would have been a great last chapter of one of the greatest bands around if Bill would have been with them. This way, it's just another one of those records labeled "Black Sabbath".
    Hey ozzy, you want to not dissapoint us? OFFER BILL WARD A DECENT FUCKING CONTRACT!