We must admit, we were pretty excited to hear that the original Black Sabbath line-up was supposed to reunite this year for a tour and a new album. However, due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer treatment, the tour was scrapped and replaced with a few gigs in the U.K. and one in the U.S. The U.S. date was confirmed by the founder of Lollapalooza Perry Farrell, who explained to us that the reunited Black Sabbath would headline at this year’s festival in Chicago. Which of course, excited a lot of fans. (Us too!)
Earlier in the week, though, former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward posted a statement on his official website to announce that he’s definitely not reuniting with Sabbath for the upcoming shows because he feels the contract they offered him was unfair. The rocker explained that after a final effort, he still hasn’t reached an agreement with the band and therefore won’t be playing at the three shows Sabbath has lined up. Bill explained, “It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this.” Ward added that he doesn’t blame his band mates but feels it’s “sad that it’s come to this.”
Well now, the band has released a statement of their own saying that they won’t be commenting on what Bill said but that “there are two sides to every story.” The statement goes on to say, “We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after [guitarist] Tony [Iommi]’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows.” So, not only are they seeking out a replacement for Ward, but Brooklyn Vegan noticed they even went as far as cropping him out of classic images that on BlackSabbath.com! We hope this is just a misunderstanding and the guys bounce back from this. We (and all of the fans) would hate to see this reunion, 33 years in the making, fall apart.
Bill Ward removed from classic pictures on Black Sabbath’s website [Brooklyn Vegan]
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