GEEZER BUTLER On One More BLACK SABBATH Concert: ‘Everybody Wants To Do It, But I Don’t Know If BILL WARD Is Capable’

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On the May 28 episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler was asked about Ozzy Osbourne‘s recent statement expressing his desire to perform one final SABBATH concert with the band’s original drummer, Bill Ward.

He said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “Of course there’s an interest [on my part to do it], but there’s a big ‘but’ — you’d have to speak to Bill about it. Everybody wants to do it [but I don’t know if he is] capable [of pulling it off].”

When discussing whether he believes Bill could play a few songs, either in a concert or as part of a new SABBATH recording project, Geezer said: “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? There wouldn’t be any traveling involved. We wouldn’t be actually all in the studio at the same time together. So it could be done that way — maybe.”

Referring back to Ozzy‘s remark about wanting to play a final SABBATH show in the band’s original hometown of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Geezer said: “Ozzy was hoping to finish it all off next year back in Aston, at the Aston Villa [football stadium in Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom]. I’m definitely up for it, to finish the whole thing off.”

When asked whether there have been any discussions among all the SABBATH band members about a final show or if it’s just Ozzy mentioning it in the media, Geezer said: “Me and Ozzy have agreed, but I’m not sure about anybody else.”

Ozzy recently said that he would love one more SABBATH concert with Bill Ward while discussing the final concert of SABBATH‘s “The End” tour, which occurred in February 2017 in their hometown of Birmingham.

When asked if he felt relieved it was over at that point, Osbourne replied: “Yeah, but I was sad that Bill wasn’t there. I mean, I mean, Tommy [Clufetos], my drummer [for my solo band], did a great job [stepping in for Bill], but he ain’t Bill Ward.”

When asked if he is satisfied with the legacy of BLACK SABBATHOzzy responded: “No. Because it wasn’t BLACK SABBATH that finished it. It’s unfinished. If they wanted to do one more gig with Bill, I would jump at the chance. Do you know what would be cool? If we went to a club or something unannounced and we just got up and did it. We started up in a club.”

BLACK SABBATH played their final concert on 4 February 2017 in Birmingham. The final song was streamed live on the band’s Facebook page and fireworks went off as the band took their final bow. On 7 March 2017, SABBATH announced their disbandment through posts made on their official social media accounts.