Former Black Sabbath touring drummer Tommy Clufetos discussed if Bill Ward should have returned for the last Black Sabbath show in a new Rocking With Jam Man interview.
“I’m the last guy in the world who has any idea of what goes on there, so I can’t say ‘should he?’ [or] ‘shouldn’t he?’ ’cause I don’t know what was really going on. All I know is that I was asked to play drums. So I don’t really concern myself with things that aren’t in my control. That’s between him and the band. So you’re asking the wrong guy the question, ’cause I’m just a drummer and I keep my mouth shut.”
Clufetos said he was honored to play on the last Sabbath tour. “And it was even more wonderful, and it was an honor and a privilege to go on stage and be the guy [who was asked] to carry the torch to bring the music to the fans,” he said. “And I really tried hard, my best that I could, to do justice to the great music that they created together — the four guys: Ozzy [Osbourne], Tony [Iommi], Bill and Geezer [Butler]. So I just tried to revere the music and bring the same vibe that the fans were expecting. And I was proud of what I did with those guys onstage. So it was a thrill and an honor for me.”
“That whole tour was great. And the last gig of any tour is always a little more unnerving — people are packing their bags, and there’s distractions, let alone playing with Black Sabbath in their hometown of supposedly their last gig that they’re ever gonna do. So there was a lot of hustle and bustle going on. But we provided what was necessary on stage that day, and they were recording it, and they filmed it. And it was a great night.”