Sabbath future depends on Iommi
Ozzy Osbourne says Black Sabbath’s future depends on the health of cancer victim Tony Iommi.
But if they do record another album, there’s a chance original drummer Bill Ward could appear on it.
Sabbath are riding high in charts across the world with the release of new work 13, which gave them a new world record when it made Number One in the UK, and his since given them their first-ever Number One album in the US.
Asked what happens after the band complete their touring schedule for 2013, including a set of UK dates in December, Ozzy tells the Telegraph: “It depends on Tony. At the moment we’re doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment.
“He’s had chemo and radiotherapy and he’s now on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it’s gone for good – but you never know with that stuff.”
Despite announcing an original lineup reunion in 2011, Sabbath recorded 13 without Ward, who said he hadn’t been offered a contract he regarded as signable.
Ozzy tells NME: “We would have loved to have Bill on this album. Maybe we can work things out by the next one.”
And of all the things he’s done with his career, the Prince Of Darkness admits he has one big regret: appearing on reality TV show The Osbournes.
“I didn’t want to be on fucking television,” he says. “I didn’t become a rock’n'roll singer to read the fucking weather forecast, know what I mean? It’s part of the reason I wanted to come back – this album pisses on all that.”