Black Sabbath Doubted That Bill Ward Could Keep Up

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne says he, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler doubted that Bill Ward could play his full part in the Black Sabbath reunion. And the singer has suggested that there was more to the drummer's lack of involvement than a straightforward contract argument, observing that the drummer "can't be surprised that he didn't get the gig."

Osbourne tells Mojo, via Blabbermouth: "There was also another side to it. When Bill came along, we all had to ask, 'Can he do an hour-and-a-half, two-hour gig? Can he cope?'

"My suggestion was that we run through a set and see how he got on. He was so out of condition � and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band.

"Bill couldn't remember what the f**k we were doing. You know them yellow stick-on memo notes? He had them all over his f**king drums. I was like, 'What the f**k's that for, Bill?' He said, 'I can't remember what I'm doing.' He has more to say.

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