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Bill’s Statement on Ozzfest 2004

by on May.18, 2004, under Black Sabbath

Earlier today, the news broke that Black Sabbath was to headline Ozzfest 2004, with a lineup of Ozzy Osbourne/Tony Iommi/Geezer Butler/Mike Bordin – without Bill Ward on drums. Here is a statement from Bill Ward about Ozzfest 2004.

“Dear Sabbath People,

This morning I received the very sad news that Mike Bordin is to play drums with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest ’04.

Black Sabbath is, and always will be an important priority in my life. I support Geezer’s, Tony’s and Ozzy’s decisions to move ahead into Ozzfest ’04 without me. I can appreciate they may not be overjoyed with the decision, and I’d really like to be with them. Nothing would please me more than to be a part of the show.

Last week I did receive a proposal which allowed no room for negotiation. It was a cul-de-sac proposal in my opinion, where the only answer was yes or no. I was asked to respond by Friday. May 14th. I wrote a brief letter of decline on Thursday, May 13th. I answered directly at the proposal, and left out any personal comments, other than I was sad to have to decline. What I did not put in my response was this:

I’m willing to be flexible
I’m willing to compromise
I’m willing to negotiate
I’m willing to play.

I understand and believe in a united front when it comes to Sabbath. I can appreciate the fallout from such a decision will upset some people, and I am so sorry. I’m more than willing to support Ozzfest in any way I can.

I’ve walked down this street before when Sabbath did the first reunion without me and had Mike Bordin play instead. I want you to know, I’m not being the bad guy here. I’m not trying to hold anyone to ransom. And I’m not trying to reverse my decision to decline in hope of a positive managerial response to this letter.

I’m ready, willing and able to rock. There are some details on the proposal that don’t work for me. I guess it’s a case of the importance of things on both sides and I think that’s all I can say for now.”

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Bill to record with Black Sabbath

by on Mar.15, 2001, under Black Sabbath

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Black Sabbath (Tony, Ozzy, Geezer, & Bill) will be recording their first album of new material since 1978’s Never Say Die.

This is very exciting news for fans of Black Sabbath – the original Sabbath will put out a new album of music! The band is currently rehearsing and writing in the UK, and after the Ozzfest 2001 dates will go back into the studio to record and finish the album. It is hoped that the new Sabbath album will be out before Christmas 2001, but no firm date is available.

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No word as of yet as to how this will delay Bill’s third album, “Beyond Aston”.

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Bill to tour with Black Sabbath again

by on Feb.02, 2001, under Black Sabbath

Today I received an email from Sharon Osbourne’s office regarding Ozzfest 2001. Here it is:

There’s no need for hype, hoopla, and puffery. The Ozzfest 2001 will showcase the heaviest line-up yet. The Main Stage bill is confirmed.

Marilyn Manson
Papa Roach
Linkin Park

Tour dates, venues, second stage line-up, ticket on-sale dates, and other announcements to follow in the coming weeks.

A quick call to Sharon’s office confirmed that the Sabbath lineup is Tony, Ozzy, Geezer, & Bill. More information to come when I receive it.

No word as of yet as to how this will delay Bill’s third album, “Beyond Aston”.

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Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

by on Feb.24, 2000, under Black Sabbath

After 30 years of neglect, Black Sabbath was awarded a Grammy Award for their song “Iron Man” from the Reunion album. The ceremonies were held yesterday in Los Angeles, and Bill Ward was on hand, receiving the award on stage. Bill had this to say about Black Sabbath’s winning the award for “Best Metal Performance”…

Drummer Bill Ward said it was gratifying to see artists from the Woodstock generation, including the night’s top winner, Carlos Santana, doing so well.

“I think it’s totally cool,” he said. “I didn’t think that 31 years ago, I’d be standing up in a suit. I feel more like an accountant than the guy who plays drums in Black Sabbath.”

Unfortunately, this award was not shown on the television broadcast, but there was a mention of the award during the show. Furthermore, there was a brief picture of Bill on stage accepting the award on the show during the telecast.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Grammy Award Winning album Reunion, the only official live album by the original Black Sabbath, you can do so by clicking on the album cover below.

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Sabbath Tour Progressing

by on Feb.10, 1999, under Black Sabbath

The Black Sabbath Reunion Tour is progressing. Bill’s not having any problems at all health wise on the tour, and is enjoying the tour immensely. Thanks to all that have seen Bill so far, your enthusiasm for his return to the drumkit in Black Sabbath means the world to him.

For the latest tour reports, please visit Joe Siegler’s Black Sabbath site at for all kinds of tour reports, phots, and other things.

Vinny Appice: Also along on the Black Sabbath tour is Vinny Appice. Vinny is not playing, he’s been brought along by Sabbath management just in case something (god forbid) would happen to Bill again. Vinny has several tour photos online at his web site. Make sure and check them out at his site! The shot of Bill here was one taken by Vinny Appice backstage at the Minneapolis, MN Black Sabbath show on January 17, 1999.

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Black Sabbath Update

by on Oct.21, 1998, under Black Sabbath

To commemorate the first album released by the original lineup of Black Sabbath in twenty years, the band is on a short multi-city in store record signing tour. Bill Ward (shown here to the right sporting his new buzz cut) is along with Tony, Geezer, & Ozzy signing copies of Reunion. Here is a listing of the cities he is at (contact the record store in your local city for more info):

  • Oct. 19 – Virgin Megastore (Times Square), New York, N.Y. (midnight to 3 a.m.)
  • Oct. 20 – The Wall (Neshaminy Mall), Philadelphia, Pa. (4 to 8 p.m.)
  • Oct. 21 – Tower (Newbury Street), Boston, Mass. (4 to 8 p.m.)
  • Oct. 22 – Camelot (Mentor Mall), Cleveland, Ohio (4 to 8 p.m.)
  • Oct. 24 – Tower (Downtown), Chicago, Ill. (2 to 6 p.m.)
  • Oct. 25 – Tower (Sunset), Los Angeles, Calif. (7 to 10 p.m.)
  • Oct. 27 – Blockbuster (Plano), Irving, Texas (4 to 8 p.m.)
  • Oct. 28 – Musicland, Minneapolis, Minn. (5 to 8:30 p.m.)

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the new Black Sabbath album, which is the first official live album by the original Black Sabbath, as well as the first new studio recordings by the original lineup in 20 years, you can click here to order it from CD-Now!

Bill is also scheduled to go out on tour with the guys in support of Reunion. The tour is going to start on December 31st, 1998 in Phoenix Arizona at the Bank One Ballpark. More tour dates will be added here once they are officially released by Black Sabbath.

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Bill Returns from NEC gigs

by on Dec.10, 1997, under Black Sabbath

On December 8th, Bill Ward returned to Los Angeles, Ca, after playing two concerts with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne, at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham, England, 4th and 5th of December.

Bill enjoyed playing the concerts and was happy to be a part of the Sabbath shows.

The question of a new album and some tour dates in 98 seems now to be the question everyone is asking.

Bill Ward doesn’t know if he would be included in either of those plans if they were to happen. Bill, however, is saying he’d be willing to have an open mind if an opportunity to play with Sabbath came again.

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