billward300 Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has responded to reports that he may join the band onstage for the final show of The End tour.

Ward posts on his Facebook page:

“I must respond once again to inaccurate statements made by Geezer. I never received an offer to play the final show of The End tour with Black Sabbath. When the tour was confirmed, my management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest. That is last conversation we had with them regarding the tour.

I will say that I wouldn’t want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring. I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn’t want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows.

— Bill”

Geezer Butler reportedly told Radio.com, “It’s been mentioned to him [to play at the final show], But he doesn’t want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing. We’d love him to come on at the very last gig and be part of the whole thing, but he didn’t want to do that. And I understand: I wouldn’t want to be asked to come out just for the last gig. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is.”

[Singer] Ozzy [Osbourne] adds, “If he’s there, he’s welcome [to play]. But I don’t really want to talk too much about Bill Ward! Because every time I do, he starts getting pissed off at me! Things are quiet between us right now, you know?”

Butler continues, “It’s a shame that Bill won’t be a part of it, but whatever happened, happened. It’s great that at least the three of us can end it on a high note and be friends together.” But he adds, “I still get on with Bill, I saw him last year at some award show. We got on great, we had a laugh together. It’s not personal, as Bill would say, it’s business.”

Black Sabbath’s The End tour began on January 20th in Omaha, Nebraska. See the remaining dates below.


25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
27 Winnipeg MN MTS Centre
30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre

1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 San Jose, CA SAP Pavilion
11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
21 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Australia/New Zealand:


15 Perth, AU Perth Arena
17 Adelaide, AU Entertainment Centre
19 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena
23 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
25 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
28 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
30 Dunedin, NZ Forsyth Barr Stadium



1 Budapest,Hungary Groupama Arena
8 Berlin, Germany Waldebuhne
11 Donington, UK Download**
13 Verona, IT Arena Di Verona
15 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadon
17 Dessel, Belgium Grasspop**
23 Halden, Norway Tons of Rock**
25 Copenhagen, DE Copenhell**
28 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
30 Prague, Czech Rep. 02 Arena


2 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
5 Riga, Latvia Riga Arena
7 Helsinki, Finland Monsters of Rock**
9 Stockholm, Sweden Monsters of Rock**
12 Moscow, Russia Olympisky Arena

**Denotes festival appearance

North America:


17 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
21 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
25 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
29 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater


2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
11 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheater
13 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Arena
15 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
19 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
21 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion

28 Responses

  1. That whole thing is a shame.

    The guy they have playing drums looks like he’s trying very hard to be Tommy Lee.

    Not much subtly or swing in that dude’s playing, which is exactly what Ward brought to the band.

    1. I do think it is quite upsetting that a bunch of mature men cannot get along, and that in the twilight of their years, their final tour as an entity, has morphed into a soap opera.

      I think the fault, and blame, is shared by all, and the ones who suffer the most? The fans, especially if Sabbath is their favorite band. I would imagine most, if not all, would like to see the band take their final bow as a cohesive entity, and not as a fragmented unit.

      I would hope that if the day should ever come that my favorite band, Judas Priest, decides to end their journey. God willing, everyone is in good health, they would take their final go around with K.K in tow.

      I do believe that one day, God forbid should one the member’s pass, they will regret this decision.

    2. I’m positive that when Priest decide to call it quits, they’ll do what’s necessary to end with K.K., even if it’s the very last show. But I don’t want to think about that happening because it’ll be a very sad time because Judas Priest is my favorite band to. I saw them twice on tour for REDEEMER OF SOULS and they were incredible.

  2. Darn shame, Bill is an awesome drummer. I’m still going, ah well. There’s worse things in life to gripe about, this is an easy target. NEver did hear Bill’s album. \mm/

    1. Consider yourself lucky. That album should be used to illicit information from ISIS prisoners. It is horrendous. Imagine the BEATLES mixed with FEAR FACTORY smoking crack for a decade. It sounds like a hospital ward that requires armed security. Imagine DOG DAY AFTERNOON in hell with an awful church band as the prisoners.

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