This really bums me out: GEEZER BUTLER On BILL WARD's Absence From BLACK SABBATH Tour: 'His Health Has To Come First Before Anything' In the interview Geezer cites Bill Ward's health and it's impact on his ability to play his parts and keep up with the rigors of touring as the reason he has not been involved in the most recent Sabbath reunion. Bill responded via Twitter: "Not the truth Geezer, simply not the truth." Ward was on record the last time around stating that he was not offered a "signable contract". I have a feeling that there is truth on both sides. The nature of Bill's playing and the demands of a major tour make it believable that he may not be up to the task (especially if the heart issues are factual), but it is also very plausible that they tried to shaft him on his contract. Whatever the reality may be it is a shame that Geezer had to publicly call out Bill's inability to play and then gush praises on his replacement. I'm also fairly certain that Ozzy didn't have to prove his vocal chops. He is not exactly firing on all cylinders. I am going to see them in a few weeks and I was conflicted when I purchased the tickets last week. Now even more so. I am generally not into the whole reunion thing, but I have always been a huge Sabbath (and Geezer) fan and I have never seen them live. I guess recent events have made some regrets surface. I turned down opportunities to see Bowie in the 80s because he was "past his prime" and ticket prices were "outrageous" at the time. Now that he has passed I would gladly take a time machine back to pay $50 to see him with Alomar / Rojas / etc... As a wise man once said, "It's better to regret something that you have done than to regret something that you haven't done." I will try enjoy the show for what it is, but I am not sure if I will regret going more than not going. Why can't bands age more like Rush (with dignity and unison) and less like Van Halen (with greed and backstabbing)?