July 21, 2024

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Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler has said Ozzy Osbourne “desperately wants” to play one final show with the band.

Last month, Osbourne revealed that he would “jump at the chance” to perform another Sabbath show with co-founder Bill Ward.

The drummer backed out of participating in the group’s reunion dates between 2012 and 2017 over an “unreasonable” contract.

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Butler confirmed later in May that he and Osbourne had “agreed” to play one last concert. It came after the Prince Of Darkness’ wife and manager, Sharon, said Ozzy was planning “two more shows to say goodbye” before he fully retires. These would be held at the Villa Park football stadium in his home city of Birmingham.

Speaking to SiriusXM, Butler explained: “Ozzy was hoping to finish it all off next year back in Aston, at Aston Villa. I’m definitely up for it, to finish the whole thing off. Me and Ozzy have agreed, but I’m not sure about anybody else.”

When asked if Ward would be willing to join Sabbath for a few songs or perhaps a recording session, the bassist replied: “I don’t think so.

Maybe, I don’t know. I mean, the way technical things happen these days, maybe a couple of songs, but who knows?”

Tony Iommi also responded to Ozzy’s plea. “That’d be a nice thing to actually do, but whether it happens will be another thing,” the guitarist said. “But we’ll see. I mean, who knows?” He suggested that any potential gig would be a “one-off”, however.|

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During a new interview with New York radio station Q104.3, Butler explained that Ozzy “desperately wants” Black Sabbath to bow out with one final show – citing the frontman’s ongoing health issues as the reason (via Blabbermouth).

“And he said to me, ‘I’d love Sabbath to do a couple of songs, two or three songs, as the final show ever’ – Ozzy’s final show and Sabbath’s final show,” he continued. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m up for it, definitely’.

“But I’m not sure what the others are up to. Me and Ozzy, we’re up for it. But whether Tony and Bill would do it, I don’t know.”

Butler went on to say that he misses playing with his former bandmates, and told the station that he still rehearses regularly: “It’s like part of my daily exercise. I don’t get down to the gym. I just go up to my studio.”

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