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Bill on Sabbath and solo material

Posted on Apr.18, 2001 under Bill Ward

Net metal station has published an interview with Bill & Geezer Butler – in it, Bill & Geezer speak of the state of Sabbath, and the state of their current solo projects. Here’s a bit about what Bill had to say.

“We’re nearly there. I just want to finish it” laughs Bill, “because I’ve been working on it for the last three years. And also, I don’t want to go into a major touring situation wondering about ‘cut five, did we do the Protools? Did we cut out A and B during the Protools session?’ I don’t want to have those kinds of numbers in my head. I’m going out there to rock and to drive Black Sabbath, and that’s my total intention and to do that I have to have focus and an absolutely clear head. So no, the whole reason why I’m kind of working a little harder in April is to make sure my decks are cleared so that when we go on that stage I know exactly where I am, best as I can be. So I wouldn’t do things that would either jeopardize my energy for my own album or jeopardize my energy for Black Sabbath.”

It seems that Ward’s found an even keel with his health and that there’s been no question of other drummers for the upcoming tour, Geezer emphatically reiterating that “oh for sure, there’s only one Black Sabbath and that’s the four of us together. He’s always had stamina; that was never a problem. I don’t know where he gets it though (laughs).”

“Yeah, I’m good. I totally stopped smoking cold,” notes Bill. “And I’m vegan now, although saying that on one hand, I still like to have a piece of cheese every once in awhile. And I like that Starbucks coffee too (laughs). Even though it’s non-fat milk, it’s not really vegan. I’m probably not exercising as much as I’m supposed to. But I do, yeah. I work out on the exercise bike and I walk. Yesterday I walked five miles.”

And how are the chops these days? Have you added anything to your drum style in the last few years?

“I’m trying to (laughs). I think I have, actually. I’m trying different things. I think I’ve improved a little bit between my feet and my arms and my head. I’m trying to put extra little things in. By the time when we finished with the Sabbath tours and the Ozzfest tours in 1999, I felt pretty good about my drumming. I felt that it was starting to awaken. And I thought, well, you know, you’re having a good time here because I was starting to put some jazz chops in between all the hard rock. So I was enjoying doing that. I don’t think the audience could ever hear it, but I was having a blast doing it. It just kept everything nice. So when we start rehearsals for the coming tour of America and of England on May the 12th, I’m kind of hoping to come out of the gate pretty hard and heavy. We’ve been rehearsing for six weeks already so my chops aren’t too bad.”

Ward has also scrapped for now plans to reissue Ward One: Along The Way, with or without the Ozzy tracks, with or without re-recording the entire album, an idea which was bandied about over the years as an additional disc completing a two disc set.

There’s more about Sabbath, plus there’s Geezer’s chat, too. Check out a copy of the interview over at Black Sabbath Online. Also, make sure and check out too!

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