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West Coast Debut of Legendary Rocker Bill Ward’s Visual Art Exhibition

Posted on Jul.08, 2015, under Drum Art

For those of you on the West Coast who couldn’t make it to Baltimore last year to see Bill’s East Coast showing of his “Absence of Corners” collection, you’re in luck!  We have details of his only West Coast appearance in August below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

West Coast Debut of Legendary Rocker Bill Ward’s Visual Art Exhibition
Los Angeles, July 7, 2015

On August 15th, FATHOM is pleased to host the West Coast premiere of heavy metal statesman Bill Ward’s fine art exhibition: Absence of Corners, a collection of 15 abstract works created from Mr. Ward’s drum performance.

Over a year in the making, Absence of Corners is the result of a complex multi-disciplined approach to creating art that combines high-end digital technology with the oldest known musical instrument. The resulting images capture Mr. Ward’s experimental spirit and translate onto canvas powerful abstract expressions of his music.

Mr. Ward on the Project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created… I am delighted with the captured expressions — from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

“From the gallery perspective what excites us about this art is the sense of story.” adds Francis Coiro, FATHOM founder, “Even though art critics don’t talk about it much, great art is about a great story. And honestly, Bill Ward is a great storyteller. If you have the chance to meet Bill and see the work and hear him talk about it, you can feel that linkage between his music, his life and his art. It’s extraordinary.”

The exhibition opens on August 15th with two artist discussions by Mr. Ward in which he details the concepts underlining the artwork and relates personal stories of how each piece is connected to his private or professional life. The first lecture starts at 2PM and the second at 5PM. The lectures are free to the public, however attendance to each lecture is available on a first-come basis and pre-registration is required. The Absence of Corners Exhibition is a special limited engagement and only hangs at FATHOM through August 29th.

About Mr. Ward:
As the drummer of one of the most influential heavy metal bands in history, Ward was an integral force in the creation of the heavy metal genre. With his pioneering, orchestrational style of drumming, as well as his highly acclaimed solo recordings, Ward is greatly respected among insiders for his intuitive style of play and innovative songwriting. Ward recently released his first solo album in 18 years, titled “Accountable Beasts,” and is currently finishing up another album slated for release later this year.

About The Collection
The Absence of Corners Collection is part of the Rhythm on Canvas project from SceneFour, the Los Angeles based creative collaborative responsible for developing this new art movement that for the first time manifests music performance into visual art.

About FATHOM
Located in downtown Los Angeles, FATHOM exhibits art and photography that uses popular culture as a touchstone in its creation. The gallery is located inside the California Market Center at 110 East 9th Street, Suite CL002, Los Angeles, CA 90079 | www.FATHOM.gallery

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Never Say Die: Bill Ward Interviewed

Posted on Jul.07, 2015, under Bill Ward

Today a new interview with Bill Ward by Julian Marszalek of “The Quietus” is out where Bill talks about many things Black Sabbath, from the early days, bands before Black Sabbath, the 2011 press conference, and his being removed from old press photos of the band.  Make sure and read it today!

http://thequietus.com/articles/18274-black-sabbath-bill-ward-interview

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Uncut Accountable Beasts Interview

Posted on Jun.26, 2015, under Bill Ward

The full uncut track by track interview by Mike Stark with Bill about Accountable Beasts is now available:

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Bill Ward “Accountable Beast” Interview on KBEACH.org

Posted on Jun.23, 2015, under Bill Ward

On Thursday, June 25 at 2 PM (pacific time) Bill sits down with our friend Mike Stark for a track-by-track discussion of Accountable Beasts on KBeach Radio – LARadio Sessions. Listen at KBEACH.org.  Can’t wait?   Here’s a preview:

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June Rock 50 Preview

Posted on Jun.12, 2015, under Rock 50

H! Everybody,

Our radio show airs on Saturday, June 13, 2015. We’ll be making a dedication for BB King.  With his passing in May, we lost a giant in the Blues.  In our drum segue, we’ll be featuring Mike Bordin, a great drummer with Faith No More, and further a drummer with Ozzy.  If you like Rock/Metal, check us out.  If you like opera, we might play that too.

Stay extra safe,

Bill Ward

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Accountable Beasts CD’s available

Posted on May.11, 2015, under Bill Ward

CDs Finally came in. Orders yours at http://www.astoncrossmusic.com

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A couple of interviews

Posted on May.11, 2015, under Bill Ward

1) Check out the awesome SHOCKWAVES/HARDRADIO interview with Bill here:

http://www.hardradio.com/shockwaves/podcasts/podcast73.m4a

2) A Classic Rock Revisited Interview – “Bill Ward – An Accountable Beast Indeed!”

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=1115

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May Rock 50 Preview

Posted on Apr.27, 2015, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our radio show airs on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  It’ s my birthday show, which means I’m playing all my favorite metal bands. That means Slipknot, Type O Negative, anything with Gene Hoglan; playing Philm featuring Dave Lombardo.  The show will be jammed with good stuff, and because it’s my birthday on May 5th, for the first time, the drum segue will feature me playing drums.  Live Sabbath, and some my favorite Sabbath.  It’ll be cool.

If you like Metal, Hard Rock, or just good music, period, I hope you can check us out.

Stay safe and extra strong.

–Bill

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Accountable Beasts Released!

Posted on Apr.26, 2015, under Bill Ward

H! Everyone,

Bill Ward here. The news is breaking pretty much everywhere. That our (BWB) new album Accountable Beasts has arrived onto ITunes. We realize the release may have surprised some of you. We’ll adjust and respond to all inquiries. The digital download came out quietly last night. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

https://itunes.apple.com/…/a…/accountable-beasts/id989453990

Thanks
Bill Ward

Accountable Beasts

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Beyond the Beasts

Posted on Apr.23, 2015, under Bill Ward

billward1Today an excellent new interview with Bill Ward was published today by noted independent music writer and author Joel Gausten.  In this interview, Joel talks to Bill about what is going on now with his various solo projects (Accountable Beasts, unannounced second band), not to mention his own health.

You can read the full interview at Joel’s website, but here are a few samples for you to read now.

“My [current] activity levels are very high; they have to be,” offers Ward, who says that he’s now drumming four to six hours a day. “Because I did have something of a busted-up wing, if you like, I’ve really worked hard on that. But I’m playing at full capacity. By May of last year, I was definitely in shape to be able to play for sustaining amounts of time.”

Ward’s time behind the kit these days is divided between his long-running Bill Ward Band (BWB) and a second, yet-to-be announced project (currently a trio) with guitarist Joe Amodea (who is the six-stringer featured in the much-discussed Instagram video made public last week). BWB is the group behind the soon-to-be-released Accountable Beasts, Ward’s first solo album in 18 years. In addition to longtime BWB members Keith Lynch (guitar, keyboards), Paul Ill (bass) and Ronnie Ciago (drums), the album will feature contributions by drummer Walter Earl and an array of session singers including Ward’s daughter, Emily. Ward’s drumming will be heard on seven of the album’s nine tracks.

 

 

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