Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has issued an apology to estranged drummer Bill Ward after erroneously saying Ward had turned down an invitation to rejoin the band at the final North American date of its The End farewell tour.
Butler tweeted on Wednesday (January 27), "It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show -- my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums."
It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show - my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) January 27, 2016
Butler had said in an interview that the offer had been extended to Ward to play with Sabbath on September 16 in Phoenix and that Ward had refused because "He wants to do the whole tour or nothing." Ward immediately lashed out at Butler's comments, calling them "inaccurate" and saying he was never approached about the possibility of a single show." Butler has not explained why he felt Ward had been approached.
Ward and the rest of Sabbath have been at odds since plans were being made for 2013's reunion album, 13, and the tour to support it. Ward has denied the other members' claims that he wasn't healthy enough to tour and has indicated finances were the primary issue. Sabbath is expected to tour into 2017 but has promised this will be the group's final tour.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.