If he had his way, exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he'd be back behind the kit for the band when they record what's being billed as their last album and head out on their allegedly final tour.
Black Sabbath may have enjoyed major returns for their reunion on their '13' album, but founding drummer Bill Ward missed out on the disc after engaging in a very public contract dispute with the other original members. Not only did he miss out on the album, Ward says it's also damaged his relationship with singer Ozzy Osbourne.
Co-founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward paid tribute to his contemporary in Led Zeppelin on his 'Rock 50' radio show (embedded above), saying, "If you want to strive toward something, just listen to John Bonham."
Black Sabbath have had a monster year in 2013, but it almost didn't happen at all. On top of guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis, original drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the Sabbath reunion due to contractual issues. Although Black Sabbath have captured success with Brad Wilk in the studio and Tommy Clufetos on tour, both Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have reiterated that they wished
Although original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may be estranged from the pioneering heavy metal band, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi definitely still cares about his former bandmate. Yesterday, we reported that Ward had successfully undergone surgery for diverticulitis. In response to the news, Iommi wished Ward the best via the guitarist's official website.
Black Sabbath are finally able to enjoy the fruits of their reunion. Well over a year-and-a-half after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first announced a new album and world tour, Sabbath have now accomplished both, but without Ward. There has been much discussion over Ward's departure, but in a new interview with Ozzy Osbourne, the singer questioned Ward's ability to perform
For original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, there's a simple explanation as to why he didn't record or tour with his bandmates. "I was offered a contract, and I couldn't sign it," he said in a recent interview. He refutes suggestions that he wasn't physically up to the task.
It was truly unfortunate when original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward announced his departure from the iconic heavy metal band's reunion. Although Ward was not a part of Black Sabbath's '13' album or any of the act's touring since the founding lineup reunited in late 2011, Ward still calls himself "the drummer in Black Sabbath."