Bill Ward wants part in Black Sabbath
Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he’d like to play a part in the band’s future, if it’s likely to be a long run.
Despite bowing out of their heralded reunion after failing to reach a contractual agreement with Sabbath’s managers, he says he loves playing with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler as much as he did when they formed in 1969.
In the first of a six-part online TV show, On The Road: Black Sabbath and The Birth Of Heavy Metal, presented by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, Ward says: “There have been some very uncomfortable situations in the last six months. We’ll see how that works out. But I stand for myself today, as much as I love them.
“I’ll always play – that’s my life. If there’s some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I’d like to be a part of it.
“I love playing with Terry, Oz and Tony. When Tony opens up with huge chords I still get the same shiver up my back that I got when we were 18-year-old kids. It ain’t gone away; it’s still there.”
After appearing with his bandmates at a press launch last November to announce their first album with Osbourne since 1979, Ward removed himself from proceedings, telling fans he hadn’t been offered a “signable” contract. They played a hometown show in Birmingham and headlined the Download festival in summer with Osbourne’s drummer Tommy Clufetos in his place.
Work on the album, the title of which hasn’t been revealed, is continuing despite Iommi having to take time out to fight cancer. Produced by Rick Rubin, it’s due for release next year.
Watch On The Road: Black Sabbath and The Birth Of Heavy Metal below: