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Ozzy Osbourne Hopes Ex-Drummer Bill Ward Will Play Black Sabbath Farewell Concert

The seminal metal band is calling it quits after they headline Ozzfest Japan

The world will say farewell to Black Sabbath this fall when the iconic metal band plays their last ever show when they headline Ozzfest Japan outside of Tokyo. The original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi are all set to perform, assuming that Iommi, who has been getting cancer treatments, is in good health. Osbourne is read to extended an olive drumstick, and has said he hopes the band’s ex-drummer Bill Ward, who pulled out of the reunion tour due to financial disputes, will join them for the show. There’s no confirmation yet if Ward will play the November 22 concert. In addition to getting ready for their last live show, the band is also supposedly still working on a follow-up album to 13, produced by Rick Rubin. 

Update: According to Black Sabbath’s publicist, Osbourne hasn’t extended an official offer to Ward.