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A Message From Bill

Posted on Feb.17, 2012 under Bill Ward, Black Sabbath

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

104 comments for this entry:
  1. ULY


    Allow me to say, that you sir, are one class act. We, the fans, can only deplore of the others and their management teams to get back basics and make the greatest metal band of all time whole again…with balance, fairness, and fury.
    My best to you…and I look forward to seeing you live…again.


  2. Eric Andrew

    Thank you Mr Ward for conducting yourself with such class during this whole situation!!

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  5. Matt Claus

    I hope you all can work it out. Black Sabbath has been such an source of enjoyment and inspiration to me. They have and will always be at the top of my list. You all have inspired me to start my own bands and make our own music. Like I said we all need another ‘dose’ of Black Sabbath.

  6. Jason Russell

    Everybody in Sabbath is the best in the world at what they do. You want to know who my 4 favorite musicians in the world are? Listen to Master Of Reality or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. I say this because I’m truly hopeful that this can all be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction and you can get back to the business of being the best damn band this planet ever saw. Thank you so much for being who you are and doing what you do.

  7. Chris Carman


    We (the fans) all stand behind you and your statement. We love Black Sabbath, and we all want you to have a sign-able contract. Here’s hoping the record and tour will go on, as it should, with all four original members involved, and happy. Best wishes always…Your friend. Chris Carman @FrankenSabbath

  8. James Lawrence

    I’m so happy that you haven’t closed that door. You are the reason I play drums. I’m just a local hack who’ll never be, and one that steals from you on many occasions. lol I know I’ll never achieve a fingernail of accomplishments of what you have in your whole body. Thank you for clearing up any and all confusion about the situation. I wouldn’t be who I am as a person if it weren’t for You, Tony, Ozzy, and Geezer. I also have to give credit to the Monkees. Yes them too, because I wanted to be in a rock band since I was a little kid watching their show. Then I discovered this band from Birmingham England and my life changed forever. THANK YOU FOR LITERALLY SCARING THE SHIT OUT OF ME, BECAUSE I HAD NEVER HEARD ANYTHING THAT WAS MUSICALLY SCARY. I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT, AND I’VE BEEN HOOKED EVER SINCE. Led Zepplin didn’t have shit on you guys. They carried on what the Beatles and The Who were already doing. You guys invented a whole genre, and because of that I never looked back. Thank you.
    Jim Lawrence III
    Literally one of your biggest fans.

  9. Diego Coutinho

    Bill, we sincerely hope you get back with recording and touring with the band you played your heart out with. You’re an important piece of this group and must not be set aside because of some stupid law detail. The MUSIC that you and the other 3 create together is what really matters here.

    Sabbath without you isn’t Sabbath. And we wait for you to come to Brazil with them.

    Love from a Brazilian Fan of Black Sabbath and you as a drummer and human being. o/

  10. John Peale

    Hope it all works out Bill. Without all four of you, the event totally loses its lustre.

  11. Mike in Edmonton

    As always Bill, you are and will remain a true class act.

    I look forward to “signable” contract coming your way soon.

    All the best. Cheers!

  12. Daniel


    All the best!

  13. Björn Ftick

    Dear Mr Ward

    Ever since I saw my first concert with Black Sabbath in late -70s I’ve been drawn towards the complete richness and kind of ease of which the rhythms and melodies are intertwined. I liked the Dio, Gillian and Martin albums as well as Your individual solo-projects but – nothing in my mind can compare to (in my view) Your first six albums with the original line-up of Black Sabbath.

    I enjoyed watching the reunion- tour and album and other occasions when You’ve shared stage together but the wet dream has for almost as long as I can remember been a brand new, complete album from the one and only original line-up. I know that I’m sharing this dream with many others on our little ball in space.

    I’ve heard the saying that it’s not the team with the strongest line-up that will win, it’s the team with the best unity and communication. That Beeing said, I in terms of my biggest idols from childhood until today – what if the two could be combined.

    So, in my heart, I would be sad and feel empty if the album a/o tour would be with any other set than You four brummies. But it saddens me even more that You no longer put man before money, friend in front of fight and eachother as long time companions first and formost.

    So, if I read You right, even though other things may stand in the way of a proper reunion, based on each member and persons rock- bottom wish to be together, create together, enjoy together, please us fans together and have fun together with us once again – You will still be friends. And then – it’s alright I think.

    My warmest, deepest gratitude for Your life-time achivement and I do hope You are happy and I bid You a good day and all the best in whatever future You enjoy.

    My best


  14. Hek82e

    Hooray, Bill!

    I am a drummer too and admire your playing… it’s cool that you’ll be there for the upcoming tour, and for Toni…

    Myself- I’m trying to get to HELL….

    Much luv,

  15. steph

    Good enought to know that you Bill , try to keep communication level high to find something at least reasonable for you to sign !!
    Im sure things will get better !!! dont loose faith about them 😉
    take care !! Love from France


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  19. Tony Conley

    Bill, you are blessed with the best and most fervent fans on the planet. The response to my Facebook page, 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward has been a huge success. I have been constantly amazed at the fantastic level of support.

    I hope this finds you smiling, and all the best for the future!

    tony conley

  20. Vito Amalfitano

    Hi Bill – As a Life Long Sabbath Fan you have been my favorite Drummer and the reason I am a Drummer myself. I used to Crank out the early Sabbath Albums and drum to them on my Small 3 piece Drum Kit as a kid and never looked Back. I Have Enormous respect for you as person and musician and hope that we see you soon Drumming again for the Best Band in The world – “Black Sabbath”. This reunion will be a total disappointment if you are not apart of it. All the Best – Your Friend and #1 Fan, Vito amalfitano

  21. Andrea Blasio

    Bill Ward is a true gentleman and a class act.

  22. MichaelCMTX

    I have to say if it weren’t for “communication to the attorney” and could just be the four of you in a room hammering it out, they’d probably have a done deal at this point. As a bass player I’ve come over the years to appreciate the subtleties of your playing in addition to the brute force. I hope they can get you a signable contract posthaste, and I hope they’ll add “Swinging the Chain” to the setlist as well (a guy can dream…).

  23. Lee

    Bill is a class act.

  24. Michael Häller

    My deepest respect for you, Bill. You’re a loveable, noble man. I really hope to see you once again with the one and only true Black Sabbath Iommi, Ward, Butler, Osbourne. Thanks for being the gentleman you are, SIR.

  25. Dan Rosen


    Thanks for keeping us fans updated on the contract negotiations. You are right that no one should speak badly about Tony, Geezer, or Ozzy, or their representatives. It doesn’t help anything. There’s enough negativity in the world — Sabbath fans shouldn’t add to it.

    I think it’s as simple as this: collect all the money made from the CD and tour; pay off everyone that needs to be; divide the remaining money in four. That should be the contract for all four of you. There should be plenty of money to satisfy everyone.

    Don’t forget to wish Tony a Happy Birthday (it’s the 19th — Sunday).

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  28. Jarkko

    I started playing drums in late 70`s when I was nine. I use to live in north-east part of Finland. Shit!…There was nothing to do than play drums every day. In our records-shell was “Master of Reality”, donnou how? So I taped it to c, put my headphones on and played with you. Been so small I did not understand lyrics at all, but the way You played with Geezer was something I understood at once.
    Music and playing it is a lot to do when you understand where you are going through MUSIC with your fellow musicians. Not in everyday life. That is a different story. Hope everything works out for you all! Everybody would like to see the original line-up in Finland=the Metal country!
    If not… I`m not coming to the show. I`d sell my ticket!

    Still playing today and can`t never stop. Drums is/are my life. Now 40+ something.

    Thank you Bill!

  29. The Regsy

    Bill, as other have said Sabbath without you isn’t Sabbath. Life would be so much simpler without management teams and solicitors, if it was just the four of you in a room talking things out then you would be back in the studio by now. Anyhow I am sure we are all keeping out fingers crossed that its all sorted and the world trembles at the return of the mighty Black Sabbath.

  30. Mike Legg

    Well spoken Bill, you are a great musician and wish you only the best and good luck to all your endeavors whether with Black Sabbath or just doing what you want! Keep Rockin’!

  31. Richard Dunne

    Hi Bill. I think you have said it all. Thanks for your update. You will and do have the utmost respect from your true fans. Bless you Bill.

  32. Shane Hanlon

    I know Bill Ward wants a better contract with Sabbath, but does that include a raise for the dude that lays under his floor toms and claps all night to keep ol’ Bill in time?…. It is a fair question…..

  33. Hollis Bartlett

    It seems more than a little silly that they’ve yet to produce a reasonable deal. Without you, Bill, it’s not Black Sabbath – and they know it. The fans surely know it, and expect it would be reflected in album sales and concert ticket sales. Especially album sales; we’ve had enough of the other versions of Black Sabbath (with all due respect to RJD).

    Given that Toni is in the precarious state he is health wise, a (final?) album from the original – including Bill Ward – Black Sabbath, hopefully capturing some of that magic from Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Volume 4 (my favourite), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage and yes even Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die would be the ultimate gift to the fans like me who heard these albums on scratchy vinyl, wore them out on our turntables and forever embedded them as part of our life’s soundtrack, shaping who we ultimately became.

    Without you, Bill, I fear the magic won’t be there. It won’t be a “must have” album. Having said that, I also totally understand your position. If you go in as some sort of diminished “replaceable” asset, I’m pretty sure it will come out in the music and energy, so we get it. You wouldn’t be doing any of the fans any favours by caving in. Stay strong, we’re with you, and hopefully they will come to their senses.

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  38. Gerry

    Just read Sabbath has canceled their tour due to Tony’s health. They will play download and Ozzy+Friends will fill the rest. So Bill hopefully you will be at download.

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  41. Simon Dickens

    You’re a very gracious man, Bill. Good luck to you, whatever happens.

  42. Doris

    Bill, thank you for your updated letter to your fans. We support you in your decision, whatever it may be but hold out hope that you and the band can and will come to a quick and mutual resolution of this matter that will indeed have you playing as the drummer for Black Sabbath. My family and I agree with so many others that there IS only 1 true Black Sabbath with you, Geezer, Tony and Ozzy.

    My family and I also hope that with an agreement that tour dates will be set that will include U.S. venues, that will include Hawaii ;}

    Thank you again for all your great work,

  43. Dieter

    Bill, very classy indeed and I keep praying that all this comes to a good end. I admire your countenance and attitude in this situation.

    To the involved attorneys: I’ll keep it short – please, come to your senses and get your act together. In return, we the fans, will promise to sustain the cash flow into your bank accounts so you guys don’t have to worry about your third homes, your cars, boats or what ever else the fuck (sorry, I’m obviously not as sophisticated in my choice of words as Bill..;-)..) you deem important. We will show up in masses to support Sabbath on tour, come hell or high water. We will buy the album, the DVD, t-shirts and all the other paraphernalia that comes along. This is a promise – now it’s up to you to live up to your part of the deal.


    Dieter Peise
    Fan and music lover

  44. Brian Hurd

    Bill I hold you with great respect. Sabbath is not Sabbath with out you .You put the Black in Black Sabbath.I pray that suitable terms can be reached by all.I stand by your decision one way or another.You rock sir,You rock.

  45. Bebbeth

    We all want The Real Sabbath back together again, but not at any price. Stay strong and tall Mr Ward. Without you there is no Real Sabbath.

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  51. Mark Riley

    God bless, Bill!

  52. Tim

    Your a good guy Bill, Hope it all works out soon.

    Tim :)

  53. chad hallman

    bill , i hope any of my comments did not offend you about what’s going on with this whole reunion thing . if i did in any way i apologize . maybe i don’t understand the whole thing as i don’t have the whole story ? bottom line you are ALL 4 equal parts and every member should be and get an equal share . i hope things go well here soon ! daily prayers and thoughts go to you and the rest of the band !

  54. Torbjörn Gustafsson

    Hi, just gotht the news that the concerts in sweden are canceld beacause of Tommi´s illness. But it might be the best solution for now. I must say that i don´t understand how one can present a Black Sabbath concert whithout you at the drums, so i hope they get their act together make contracts that satisfy all parties and that Tommi gets well so hopfully there will be both record and tour weardy the original Black Sabbath line up.
    All the best to you.
    T. Gustafsson

  55. vetsel jerome

    tres bonne nouvelle!!!
    do you know what i am happy!
    coised my fingers for tony et tout ira bien!

  56. Monte

    what else could one add to all the respectable comments on this post besides the “other sites post” that seem to want to twist this story around. I think it is going as well as it could possibly go at this time considering Tony’s health, I believe they need to do things this way for that reason (cancel dates and put Ozzy and friends in, although I also think you should be on that list. in my own experiences as a local “cover” band here we often invite other musicians up to do some work, most the time with no pay, but if it was someone of your high professionalism the pay is a must especially for those gigs. I am hoping Ozzy would include you in this especially if he will be doing some Sabbath material, as I sit here and listen to “When The Bough Breaks” I can only hope this all comes together and hopefully the tour can be “re-instated” as was planned, they can still name a band Ozzy and friends if it is you Tony, Ozzy and Geezer we (or at least I)would still be there for you, and if Tony cannot attend and you 3 are there I would be there for you and Tony’s cause, It would be one of the worst things any SABS fan would have to deal with to lose any of you !. as I said 11-12-11 Please Stay in good health (all 4 of you ) even if you cannot do the tour !. ROCK”N”SHINE ,Love you all !
    MontE and Family

  57. Scott Kearney

    Mr. Ward,
    I agree 100% with your words. People should step back and realize it is not your choice or the other members of Black Sabbath holding you from reuniting. It is management and greedy little hands involved. True fans know you all want to play together as Black Sabbath. I am very anxious to her the new album, I also hope that you are participating in the music on it.
    I am a diehard fan, I was willing to shell out a great deal of money for 2nd row tickets on your Reunion tour here in S.L.C., UT. I was quite disappointed when it was cancelled, your scheduled date here was my birthday.
    My thoughts now are with all of you, especially Tony. I hope he makes a quick recovery, and that you will all be together for a U.S. tour in the future !!
    Rock on my friend !! God bless all of you !!

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    If Ozzy, Tony and Geezer don’t do what’s right then anything forthcoming under the ‘Black Sabbath’ banner won’t be Black Sabbath; it’ll be Ozzy, Tony and Geezer playing Black Sabbath songs. Not quite the same thing.

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  63. Joseph Karaffa

    hope all works out and you get a well deserved contract

  64. Juan Camargo

    Thanks for everything Bill, we hope to see the original BS.
    We support you!

    Greetings from Colombia

  65. james

    All i can say is i hope you get a signable contract soon and start recording again with Black Sabbath.I want nothing more that to see you next to tony, geezer, and ozzy at download festival in June where i hope to be in the front row.
    hope things get sorted jim

  66. blackhorse

    Dear Bill,

    I’m so happy to see that you’re in the original band ! It’s a great new for me. For my part, all members of B. Sabbath are just phenomenal and you deserve respect for all your contribution for metal music. I ‘ll always be your support !

  67. Rudy Arnauts


    You have my undying respect. I just listened to “the Dark Half Hour” and found it to be one of the freshest things I’ve heard in a loooong time.

    At the end of the day all we have is our principles & integrity. You are a rare breed my friend;


  68. Matthew Ledgerwood

    bill, you are the reason I picked up the sticks in the first place. The drum fills on the wizard are groundbreaking…. hope this situation can be resolved with the utmost dignity and respect towards you and the rest of the Sabbath family.

    Much love and respect from New Brunswick, Canada.


  69. neel kamal

    plz comeback. this is last chance for the 4th generation kids like me to watch u guys all together and lets go back in past_dirty,evil 1970’s memory! i’v been reading and listening to sabbath for almost 6 years now. its time to experience it. please do it for us, for ur brother IOMMI d great. plz plz plz..change ur mind and lets scare us once again. -a living dead fan from INDIA

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  71. jaydeeboxster

    Like many I feel like I grew up with you four guys (depsite not having met all of you). You were the soundtrack to my youth. Like pretty much everyone we want the four of you to record and play together. Here hoping that you can work it all out.

  72. Adam Schmierer

    Mr. Bill Ward: You, sir, are a phenomenon, and a true gentleman. Also, you are an integral part of Black Sabbath. Without you, the band is truly lacking something. Please, I pray, may the band get together, even if only for one last concert!

    Metal Gods be with you all!

  73. Magnus

    You can only get the true Sabbath-sound with you behind the drumkit, Bill! You are awesome and i am a big fan of your drumming. You play with so much feel. Love it man!

    Hope everything will work out fine, both for you, and especially for the fans of Black Sabbath.

    With much love and respect.

    //Magnus from the North of Sweden

  74. Jim Pearson

    Dear Bill,

    In the early 70s, my brother gave me my first two LPs: BlackSabbath 4 and Led Zeppilin 4. I still have both vinyls. I’ve played them so much that they’re both worn out. You and John Bonham defined what percussion is all about in rock music. You have, decade after decade, given us huge gifts: gifts of music and emotion through sound.

    You are an inspiration and a class act. I humbly offer you my thanks for staying on the high road. You continue to reaffirm my opinion that you are among the few greatest drummers of my time.

    Thank you. Live in peace and health. Care and kindness from a fellow heart survivor.

    Jim Pearson
    Vivid Peace – Live life out loud

  75. Robert M Zeiger

    Black Sabbath without Bill Ward is not Black Sabbath. There can be no substitutes. We love you, Bill.

  76. Mike

    I’m glad to see there is at least some attempt being made at a comprimise. I don’t know any of you guys personaly so I just hope all the years of fame and fans compliments haven’t pushed any of you out of touch with who you all are and where you came from.
    I really do think it gets pretty rediculous when all the managers and lawyers get involved. Rush is a great example of what the business side of a band should be. they split 3 ways and that’s it. No arguments egos or attitudes. Well, my offer still stands…. If they won’t jam with you, then hit me up with a message and we’ll give them a run for their money!! I can’t lose with my favorite drummer of all time!! God bless!!

  77. Dan Amend

    Good for you Bill. I hope it works out. I have seen y’all once in 2004 & it was the loudest show I have ever heard/felt/seen. T’was great!

    Hope y’all (And I do mean All of you) come down Florida way.

  78. Zzzig

    Hope everything will work out fine for you dear Bill, and for the thousands fans of Sabbath.
    Please come to Poland ! We love you !

  79. Dave

    I grew up in the early 1970s listening to a soundtrack Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Led Zeppelin and the rest. I would dearly love to see those bands again. In some cases it’s just not going to happen (RIP John Bonham, Gary Thain, Dave Byron) in a couple of cases it is: Black Sabbath being one of them.

    Bill, I sincerely hope this works out well for you. I’m never going to get my youth back, but I’d love to hear the soundtrack played again by the people who played it first time around.

  80. ColombianSabbath

    Bill … If you dont play any show, if yopu dont stay in the line – up … the bando goes to hell … Sabbath without you, are simply a thousand sound without soul.

    Total support or you men!!!!

    You’re Great!

  81. Gerry

    Bill I think you should get Beyond Aston released!!
    I have been waiting too damn long for this!!

  82. Ashton

    I live in Australia and Black Sabbath is the band I would punch babies in the face in order to see them live. I really hope this gets sorted. Black Sabbath Forever.

  83. David Sanderson

    I’ve had a few health problems and am now back on the mend, I’ve learned to slow down and adapt to a different attitude and pace of life, I’ve also rediscovered Sabbath, still sounds good to me.

  84. Jerry

    Thank You Bill! So many great post saying what I want to say so no need to repeat. I am holding out on selling my Black Sabbath stuff in hopes the powers that be realize their mistake. I’ll never forget the concerts back when the Chicago Amphitheater existed. I won’t let Vol. 4 go. I must have 12 to 15 copies cd’s and vinyl combined.
    Thank You!

  85. acad

    mr. Ward i was so lucky to see the original sabbath in jacksonville florida never say die tour, and have said for many years black sabbath is the greatest band of all time, in my opinion, all the members are the best in the world at their chosen instruments and ozzy the greatest “metal singer” ever, and without a doubt you influenced me to play drums, and i dont pretend to know the story behind the contract issues but if all four of you are not equally mentioned it is just wrong, i dont know who would think it appropriate to do it any other way, Black Sabbath is only Ozzy Bill Geezer and Tony nothin against any other musicians or singers involved but sabbath is the original 4 no questions asked, whoever is the reason behind this contract thing please wake up, this is the most important thing in music history up to this point, can you imagine Black Sabbath live in 2012 and a new album, please work it ou

  86. Max

    Hello Bill,

    I don’t know how evolves the situation, but in all the cases, i support you. You’re an insane drummer, full of skills, and most of all, my favorite drummer. I just cannot imagine my first Black Sabbath live without you, it would be so empty. So I hope you’ll fix it soon, I love you all, Black Sabbath.

    Rocking vibes from France.

  87. Joe Korona

    Hey Bill,
    Great to hear there is a great chance Sabbath will be able to complete this album project with a following tour, hopefully in the USA too! I’ve been a loyal fan from the beginning ’70. I missed your first show here in Pittsburgh,PA only because of an emergency appendectomy, I was laid-up in the Hospital and had to give my ticket away! And… please, no more heart attacks…! Best of Luck and God Bless!


  88. Alex Frazier

    I absolutely agree with you. Your split should be equal. When mentioning to others about the reunion the question always asked is “Is Ward going to be there?”. I can’t say exactly how that would affect ticket sales exactly,but I do know it can only have a positive effect. Most older people I know that would give consideration to go would look for a slight excuse such as “It’s not a true reunion” not to go. Your presence there would lend total credence of authenticity and the extra push needed for the 50+ crowd to go. These days we need the perfect conditions to get ourselves up out of our rut. Stick to your guns,keep your dignity and for the rest of them – do what’s honorable and do yourselves a favor and SIGN WILLIAM WARD!!!!!

  89. Kieran

    You Know..I don’t wanna knock bill ward in any way but I think this whole Idea of a “Singable Contract” is a load of BULLSHIT. I’m sorry guys haven’t been together for almost 15 years and then you tease us with the story’s of a reunion then when it happens you pull this Bull. I’m sorry but as A HUGE sabbath Fan and a HUGE fan of your stuff I think this is retarded can’t you guys just put your differences aside and this whole money BS aside and just do it for the fun and for the fans? at one time you guys didn’t really care about the money and etc. but it’s quite obvious that times have changed and IMO you guys are all getting greedy and if that’s the fucking case…Well I’m sorry but I think that’s wrong.

  90. Владимир

    Уважаемый Билл ,я влююился в Вашу игру на барабанах ещё в начале 70- тых , и остаюсь ярым приверженцем Вашего таланта и манеры игры на инструменте , и именно с Вашей манеры игры я начал осваивать барабаны и играю в ней и сегодня . Я Благодарю ГОСПОДА БОГА за то, что ОН дал нам такого Великого барабанщика – Билла Уорда !!!!!!!!!! И я прошу ГОСПОДА БОГА , чтобы ОН дал Вам здоровья и ещё долгих лет жизни !!! Дорогой Билл , СПАСИБО ВАМ ЗА ВСЁ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  93. Fernando

    Hi, Bill. You are my #1 drummer ever, seriously. My fav Sabbath album is Technical Ecstasy (i was born in 1976). I truly support you on this complicated Sabbath issue. I was really amazed when I discovered that the original Black Sabbath (the one and only) were playing in Spain (my country) this summer. Later I found that you were not going to play drums there, so that’s not Sabbath and I just lost the feeling. The most important reason for me to go to a Sabbath gig is to enjoy your drums, your unique way of playing drums. So I’m not disappointed, I totally support you. You can’t do any vulgar thing using the name of Black Sabbath. I’s pathetic, you should earn 25% each because Sabbath is Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill. I love your solo music (you should make a new album!!!) and, again, you are my favourite drummer ever. Peace.

  94. Gerry

    No news lately??

  95. Herman

    Hi Bill, Just to let you know that you can count on us. We love your music. Your drumming parts on Sabbath songs are fantastic! Thanks god for listening Black Sabbath since I was a kid. Thank you! Respect from Brazil. Stay strong.

  96. Flávio Bello

    I fully suport you to decline this, you are and allways be the drummer of black sabbath, you not a musician for black sabbath, as gezzer are not, not iommi or ozzy, you guys are the true black sabbath we love, you are a part of it, and not a replacement as many others in 80’s and so, god bless you and thank ou for be such an important part of my life.
    cheers from Brazil, hope to see you guys here in my land and my life will be complete.

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  98. Patrick O'Toole

    Bill!!!! I’m listening to you pound the drums and thinking about my 11 year old son…..i started playing Sabbath to him when he was 4 and got his first drum kit. He was the one who got me to listen to the drums on rock music, and you have and always be the greatest inspiration to me and Ryan. As a sober person I have appreciated your openness about your struggles and your sobriety. I played some of the DVD’s to Ryan where you talk openly about it, and it has been a great tool for him to understand how amazing people and musicians can ruin things. So thanks for that too……please play the new tour. there will never be another band like Sabbath. Fuck Ozzy and whatever other BS may be in the way….jam for the millions of us who love you and your music.

  99. Alan McNamara

    As has been stated directly/bluntly/truthfully here by so many, “Black Sabbath Without Bill Ward Is Not Black Sabbath” ! ! ! It is immensely silly for all of you to let money (yuck pooey gag & spit) come between all of you and the reunion album/tour. As someone said, (and i paraphrase)”Damn the lawyers, and work it out between the four of you !” Friends/brothers/soulmates/karmic companions are more important/essential than fucking money and lawyers. You four have the intelligence and heart necessary to be decent to each other – SO DO IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t be assholes and disappoint the millions (yea billions) of Sabbath fans in this here cosmos. Humanoids from every sphere in the infinite expanse of the universe want to hear you create something new and play together again. Money is bullshit and you can’t feed your soul with money. Have i articulated yet the intensity of this feeling/loathing/disgust i feel for this monetary thing? It is the sound, your combined sound, all four of you together that is the core of this reality we call Black Sabbath. Just *%*%*#%(*@#%(*@#$*@#$*@#(*$(#$ #$ &!$&!@#&!@$&!@#&!@#&!@#&!@$&!@&$^!@&$&!@$&!@$&!@$&!@&$&!@$&!@$&$&!@&$!@$&!@$&$!#@&%*%(%*#%*!#@$*!@)#@#(@$# )!@$)(&@$*!@(*$!@(*(!&*@%$ ING DO IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  100. Stephen Shackleston

    Iam discusted at the idiots who want you to play only three songs then expect you to hand over to someone else while you sit on the side line are they F***IN stupid .No one can expect you to do this .

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  103. Mike Cima

    Bill, no matter what any contract states, and no matter what happens in the future, we, as fans of Black Sabbath, and music in general, know of your contribution to the genre. Countless musicians have cited you as in influence, not only on their drumming, but on how to conduct themselves as a grateful gentleman. Rest assured that your contribution to music will be heard and felt long after all of us are gone. As long as we are permitted as a society to listen to recorded music, there will forever be kids in their bedrooms discovering Bill Ward for the first time. You will continue to influence and inspire until the end of time. God bless you Bill Ward. You are truly the greatest and most influential drummer in the history of recorded music.

  104. Robert Habkirk

    Firstly I would like to thank you for your informative and heart felt note. Black Sabbath from day one is the greatest Heavy Metal Band. You defined the genre and carried it to where no band since has gone. I have worked in Recording Studios all over the world. I had the pleasure of doing set up for Sabbath at the Record Plant in early 70’s. The thing that struck me the most sitting in the control room was the solid timing and beat of both you and Geezer.
    The only thing that is sad is that a generation of young musicians in North America will not get to be influenced by your skill. They will be able to hear it on albums but they can not see you play which is a very important education to all drummers. You are a true gentleman and always always be the core of Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath has 4 founding members and five members tat took the to greatness. Ozzy, Toni, Geezer the second sing Ronnie and of course Bill. I do not think that Black Sabbath would be as big to day if they had a different drum at the start you invented a hole raft of playing styles that then created a signature for Sabbath. Thank You Bill for your craft your honesty and your person. With all of my heart thank you!!

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