Bill Ward, co-founder and drummer of Black Sabbath, has revealed that he no longer has the ability to perform with the band.
“As far as touring with Black Sabbath, I don’t have the chops,” the drummer admitted during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk.” “I don’t have the ability to drive a band like that on stage. I have to be back to 60 years old to be able to do that.”
“I’m being honest,” Ward continued. “I’ll be 73 next birthday [in May], and I know what kind of energy it takes to drive that band.”
Ward, who is now 72, was excluded from Black Sabbath’s final studio album, 13, and its “The End” tour after a dispute with management over his contract.
Although Ward thinks that he won’t be able to tour with Black Sabbath, he believes he would be able to work on new music with the band.
“I would love to do a studio album with Sabbath, with all the original members,” the drummer said. “I’m just saying that — I’m just floating that out there.”
“I haven’t talked to anybody about that or anything else. But I’m not done. So, the other three might be done, and I respect that, but no, I’m not done. I think as long as we all exist [laughs] and we’re still breathing in air, I think we have every possibility of making some great music together,” he added.
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