Iommi and Butler appeared in public with estranged SABBATH drummer Bill Ward for the first time since late 2011 at yesterday’s event. The members of the legendary metal act were on hand to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne was not present at the ceremony, which has celebrated British songwriting and songwriters annually for 60 years.
Ward told NME: “I’m in a huge dispute with Ozzy, so that doesn’t really help, and, as far as I’m concerned, until that dispute is finished, then I’m not gonna participate. They’ve already made an album without me [2013’s ’13’] so I’m sure they’d go on without me playing, and that’s okay with me; I still love them just the same. I’d love to think I could [rejoin the band], but the things I’m asking for may be out of reach.”
Ward added: “It feels really nice to be with these two,” referring to Iommi and Butler. Iommi echoed the drummer’s sentiments, telling NME: “That’ll never go; we’ve been friends for a long time, you can’t just lop someone off like that. We stay in touch with each other; we’re always thinking of each other.”