Ozzy doesn’t think all four members have what it takes to regroup and hints he’s fallen out with bassist Butler

Black Sabbath 1999

Unfit for action: Sabbath during their 1999 reunion

Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t believe all four members of Black Sabbath have what it takes to stage another reunion.

But he hasn’t ruled out the move, despite Geezer Butler stating it will never happen.

In February the bassist said: “I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will definitely be no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or tour.”

Before that, Osbourne suggested Butler’s attitude was one of the main hurdles to a regrouping, explaining: “If I do it, Geezer has got to promise to stop moaning. I love him, but he’s always on about something.”

Now the singer suggests he and the bassist are not on speaking terms. He tells VH1: “I’ve spoken to Tony Iommi, I speak to Bill Ward from time to time, but I haven’t spoken to Geezer for a while.”

And he has another doubt: “To be honest, I don’t think we can all physically do it. I’m up for it and I keep fit every day. But if it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen.”

Recent rumours suggest some kind of reunion has been discussed, following the death of Ronnie James Dio last year, which brought the career of alternative lineup Heaven and Hell to an end.

Osbourne says: “If it happens in one configuration, I suppose we’ll manage to go out. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t really know.”

The frontman, who’s currently touring new solo album Scream, said in January that Sabbath would be under a huge amount of pressure if they decided to make their first studio album since he left in 1980, commenting: “If it’s not extra, extra special, people are going to go, ‘We waited 30 years for this?’ But I’d love to do the ultimate Black Sabbath album.”

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