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Bill Ward Still Hoping to Take Part in Black Sabbath Reunion – Despite Cancellations?

Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward
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On the same day that Black Sabbath were busy calling off their big summer reunion tour, drummer Bill Ward was once again showing just how much he wants to take part in it, despite previously saying he wouldn’t join the comeback unless he’s presented with a contract that properly represents his contribution to the group.

It seems like a moot point now — the only thing Ward could do now is take part in the one Sabbath reunion show that’s going down June 10 at the U.K.’s Download Festival — but we’re guessing Ward sent out his missive before Sabbath called off the tour. Regardless, this is what he wrote:

Dear Sabbath Fans,

I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.

As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.

Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.

I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.

While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.

Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.

Stay safe, stay strong.

–Bill Ward


Despite our support for Ward, it does seem like an ill-timed note — and we wouldn’t be surprised if we hear more from the drummer in terms of a follow-up. But for now, it appears all we can say is he really, really wants to take part in the comeback, even if it’s only one show.

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