BIll Ward’s Beatles car crash
Bill Ward has shared his memory of crashing a Jensen Interceptor aged 21 – at the very moment Beatles track A Day In The Life reached its famous thunderous final note.
The drummer, who bowed out of Black Sabbath’s reunion album 13 after failing to agree a contract, says it’s the first time he’s spoken of the accident.
He tells Sick Drummer Magazine: “My youth was always push-and-pull. I remember taking all kinds of risks and being oblivious to danger; of thinking I could really do anything I wanted.
“If I drove a fast car I’d have to take it 130 miles per hour or more. I paid the price for that – I’ve crashed a number of cases and I’m very lucky to still have my life. That was early on, around 20 or 21 years old.”
The V8-powered Interceptor, now a prized classic car, was hand-built in Ward’s home area of Birmingham between 1966 and 1976. It was re-introduced in the 1980s as a custom vehicle at a price of £70,000.
Ward describes it as “a very, very nice car.”
He admits: “I was a bit under the influence and I was on my down to the pub to get some cigarettes. I was listening to A Day In The Life as I left our farmhouse, and I was already doing 90 when I accelerated more.
“I hit a bump and just went out of control. I ended up in the passenger’s seat and managed to turn the engine off right before I went sky-high and rolled a couple of times.
“The car and I landed exactly on the last note of the song. I couldn’t believe I was still alive, lying upside down in a ditch. It was terrifying – it sobered my ass right up.”
The drummer says he’s aiming to complete a solo album which he’s been working on for the past five years. He recently launched a series of artworks based on photographs made while he was playing drums.