Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward confirms he will not be taking part in the band’s recently announced reunion shows.
An original member of the early heavy metal group, Ward insisted that his decision was not affected by financial reasons but from the lack of any “signable deal” with his former bandmates.
Ward expressed his discerning feelings with Black Sabbath over the “minimal” part the group had intended for him to contribute during their headlining slot at the upcoming Download festival – having an unnamed drummer play most of the set.
“In April I’d been asked to participate ‘minimally’ in the Download festival,” said Ward. “I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs, while another drummer played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set while I was to play only three songs.”
Ward also states that the band had reached out to him to play at their Birmingham homecoming show for free. Although he will not be taking part of the band’s reunion, he adds that he is “heartbroken” at disappointing fans that will never be able to experience the original lineup.
Last year Black Sabbath announced plans for a new album – the first in over 30 years to feature the original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – as well as a supporting world tour.
“I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from – the failure to be brothers, as we once were,” added Ward.