Tuesday 7 February 2012, 11:32 | By CMU Editorial
Black Sabbath forge ahead without Bill Ward
Well, that’s the end of the original line-up of Black Sabbath being back together again. After drummer Bill Ward issued a statement last week saying that he was being offered “an unsignable contract”, the rest of the band have now called his bluff and announced they will carry on without him.
In a statement, the band said on Friday: “We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans. We have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open. We are still in the UK with Tony, writing and recording the new album and on a roll”.
Of course, if they’d read Ward’s statement properly, they’d have seen that he didn’t say he was declining to participate. He actually wrote that he was all ready to head over to the UK to get on with recording sessions for the new album, but that he felt the contract he had been asked to sign didn’t properly represent his contribution to the band.
Whatever, Thrash Hits has put together a great analysis of this squabble here.