Geezer Butler of Black Saabbath's suggestion that the reason Bill Ward was not invited to play drums during the group's farewell tour was due to health concerns met with a rapid response from Ward. The drummer claims he is '...completely capable of touring' and maintains his management expressed his interest in being on the tour to the band's management and was told '...there was no interest'. Speaking with Radio.com, Butler said that Ward was invited to play at the tour's closing date in Phoenix on September 16 but the drummer was only interested in playing that night if he could do the rest of the dates as well. The dispute with Ward is believed to have been the result of a disagreement between the drummer and the Osbournes over how much he would be paid for participating in the group's final album and the tour done in support of it. The beat goes on.
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