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March Rock 50 Playlist Online

Posted on Mar.27, 2014, under Rock 50

The playlist for last weekend’s Rock 50 episode is now online.  The show featured songs from DevilDriver, Motorhead, Skeletonwitch, Harsh Toke, Caliban, Metallica, Disfear, Traffic, and more.   You can check out the playlist in full on the playlist archive page, or you can listen to a full episode replay at this link.

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New Date for Annapolis Appearance

Posted on Mar.23, 2014, under Drum Art

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!
BILL WARD TO DISCUSS HIS ART DEBUT “ABSENCE OF CORNERS”
AT ANNAPOLIS COLLECTION GALLERY – MAY 9 & 10, 2014

JUST ANNOUNCED: On May 9 & 10, 2014, please join Bill Ward as he showcases and discusses his fine art debut collection “Absence of Corners” at the highly acclaimed, Annapolis Collection Gallery. Located at 55 West Street on Gallery Row in historic Annapolis, this event is free to the public. We kindly ask that you RSVP if you plan to attend this special evening by emailing katherine@annapoliscollection.com.

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Rock 50 March Preview

Posted on Mar.11, 2014, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

In preparing the radio show for Saturday March 22, 2014, I had an uplifting time putting together the “new” focus on drummers segment. Dave Lombardo with Philm were February’s featured artist/artists, and I thought it went rather well.

This month, I’m going to play some great work from two legendary drummers, Jim Capaldi and Mitch Mitchell. Their legacies will live in rock history forever.

Also being played: CalibanSkeletonwitchDevilDriver, possibly some more Harsh Toke. Lots of Metal guys, lots of Metal.

Stay safe, stay strong,
Bill Ward

UPDATE: The March radio show has been moved to Saturday March 22. Tune in then to hear Bill and loads of Metal!

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Bill discusses “Sound Shock”

Posted on Feb.26, 2014, under Drum Art

New Video: Bill Ward gives a deeper look into his art piece “Sound Shock” from his art debut (www.billwarddrumart.com). The piece reflects how his perception has been altered from years of exposure to epic frequencies.  Get a closer look at the piece here - http://billwarddrumart.com/canvas5.html

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Bill discusses “Arch of Doubt”

Posted on Feb.13, 2014, under Drum Art

New Video: Bill discusses his art piece “Arch of Doubt” (www.billwarddrumart.com). One of Bill’s favorites in his art debut, the piece holds special meaning to Bill as you’ll hear in this video.  Get a better look at it here - http://billwarddrumart.com/canvas11.html

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Various Updates – Feb 2014

Posted on Feb.11, 2014, under Bill Ward, Rock 50

H! Everyone,

I hope you’re well.  I’m re-starting the radio show on Saturday, February, 15, 2014.  As many of you know, I’ve been in hospital for a while (our last radio show was in August 2013).  I had a final operation on January 7, 2014, and I’m very pleased to say that a positive outcome has prevailed.  I’m healing slowly and surely.  On September 18, 2013, I thought I’d take advantage of the down time and have a right shoulder repair surgery.  Four days after that surgery, I had the perforated diverticulitis.  I’m mentioning the shoulder surgery because approximately two weeks ago, we finally started the shoulder rehab.  It’ll be about six weeks before the frozen joints can be workable again.  I’m hoping to be playing drums by mid-March 2014.  I want to start back in with jam sessions with a jazz quartet, something softer before I start slamming again.

On January 23, 2014, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAMM Bonzo Bash.  Again, multiple thanks to everyone who made that award happen for me. Special thanks to all the drummers at the bash, and it was great to be among the families and fans, and so many kick-ass drummers.  My heart is with the students and the old-timers.

This year on our radio show I intend to feature some of my favorite drummers.  We’ll have our very best of Metal, but we’ll also focus on hopefully surprising the listener with recordings from drummers, well-known and lesser-known.  I’m trying to find rare jams, drum solos – it’ll be about drummers all year long.

Our first drummer to be featured will be the amazing Dave Lombardo.  Dave is quite brilliant, and his music will be worth listening to.  I also hope to feature a couple of tracks from the early Zeppelin era with the one and only John Bonham.  Metallica, Motorhead and Phil Anselmo will be played on the show, and I just picked up Light Up and Live by Harsh Toke, hoping to find something nice to play.  Further, we’ll be playing our Buddy, Ritchie and Big Bopper memorial.  Happy 50th Birthday, Beatles.

It’s exhilarating to be back with the living!  Check out the show if you can.

Stay safe.  Stay Strong.

–Bill

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Bill discusses “Intuitive Peril”

Posted on Feb.07, 2014, under Drum Art

Just Released: Bill Ward discusses “Intuitive Peril,” one of the most sought after pieces from his art debut (www.billwarddrumart.com).  You can get a better look at it, along with further narration by Bill about the work here - http://www.billwarddrumart.com/canvas9.html

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High on a Memory

Posted on Jan.30, 2014, under Drum Art

Just released: Bill discusses his art piece “High on a Memory” from his art debut collection (). A powerful piece in the collection, Ward discusses how he came up with the title of the work and what he sees and feels from the piece.

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Bill’s Signature & Drum Legends

Posted on Jan.17, 2014, under Drum Art

New Video From Bill Ward:

During the signing of his artwork (http://www.billwarddrumart.com), he talks about his unique signature and how it relates to drum legends.

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Hellbound Interview

Posted on Dec.30, 2013, under Bill Ward

Earlier this month, a new interview with Bill was posted on the site hellbound.ca.   The interview was done by Kyle Harcott, and talks about a variety of topics, including Absence of Corners, Accountable Beasts, Beyond Aston, Rock 50, and Bill’s own drumming.  Check out this snippet:

Q: What bands excite you as the torchbearers in modern metal?

A: Oh God, there are so many! Amon Amarth are progressing really well. And I’ve got to wave the flag for bands like Soilwork, who are not necessarily new, but what they are doing is progressing, and they’re playing so fucking well. Same with a band like Devildriver, where I’ll be listening and wonder “What are they gonna do next?” I’m blown away by those guys. Another one of my favorite bands is Celtic Frost. I also really like Today Is The Day. And – I know it’ll never happen, what with Henke’s passing, but I also wish we could have a reincarnation of Disfear.

Check out the full interview here: http://www.hellbound.ca/2013/12/bill-ward-the-hellbound-interview/

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