BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) reunited with original band’s drummer, Bill Ward, to accept the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, which is held today at London, England’s Grosvenor House.
Iommi picked up the trophy , and confirmed the band will embark on its “final tour” next year.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff-born entertainer Ivor Novello, have been presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) since 1955.
Ward said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that he is “quite capable” of playing a full concert with BLACK SABBATH, despite the band members saying the opposite. Ward stepped away from the SABBATH reunion in early 2012, while the group hinted that he was not in good enough physical shape to either record or tour.