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Bill Ward Confirms That He Will Not Perform with Black Sabbath in Upcoming Shows

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Bill Ward has posted another lengthy update on his blog, confirming that he will not be participating in any of the upcoming Black Sabbath shows including the UK's Download Festival, the Birmingham gig, or Lollapalooza. Here are some excerpts from Bill's update:

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.

Story-telling aside, he continues:

Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.

Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.

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15 Comments on "Black Sabbath To Play Shows Without Bill Ward"

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1. R10 writes:

Good for Bill Ward! This whole "reunion" has turned into a total fiasco,as predicted by many. Fvck it,i dont care about it anymore. No Bill- i dont care. I've seen Sabbath 3 times,im content. Would have been nice for one last go'round,tour,album,etc. Not meant to be.

# May 15, 2012 @ 4:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ZMA writes:

Fvck this stupid bullsh!t. I respect Ward for his words, but this is retarded. I just hope I don't see anymore Sabbath news till the album.

# May 15, 2012 @ 5:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. TheTrueMayheM writes:

What do you know, Bill is going to cry about stupid s**t just like every other time.......

# May 15, 2012 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. what a writes:

letdown

# May 15, 2012 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. rutz writes:

if the other members of the band want him there, why isn't he. does sharon really have that much say? sad beyond belief. i encourge all metal fans to not support this "reunion".

# May 15, 2012 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Overlord writes:

I think Sabbath have become even more of a joke than Metallica at this point.

# May 15, 2012 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. not possible^ writes:

Metallica will be the epitemey of greed and sellout. Black sabbath does not even come 1/100 of an inch as to what Metallica has become. They have honestly become sellout turn tragedy. Evidence? LULU

# May 15, 2012 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. psythe writes:

^Debatable - Have you seen The Osbournes?

# May 15, 2012 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

I think it would have been nice if the guys couldv gotten past they're egos and just played some music together. I don't give a good god damn if they wanna behave like children and hold grudges and whatever. What are they, 70 now?? Ye gods, man!!

# May 15, 2012 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. metalmarquis writes:

I don't believe this! No Ward, No Sabbath. That's all there is. Period.

# May 16, 2012 @ 1:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Arnian writes:

Well, no Ward sucks, but Iommi wasn't playing the show I had tickets for, so this "reunion" was off a long time ago. We'll see what happens if the album ever comes out.

# May 16, 2012 @ 9:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metaljus writes:

wtf is wrong with these idiots....its simple get the original players together, rip through some sabbath tunes and get the fck along, fcken old bastards

# May 17, 2012 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Netromancer writes:

What's wrong is that the contract doesn't split the profits 4 ways equally. Good for you, Bill. I'm glad to see some artists still have self-respect.

# May 17, 2012 @ 1:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. coaster writes:

Didnt Sharon come out and say she is not Black Sabbaths manager or promotor? It might be anotjher party saying Bills Drum playing isnt up t scratch or he isnt worth that much. Yes, sharon normally has something to do with this type of Money hungry sh!!...youd think no matter what he was offered, Bill would want to do it. Maybe a few million isnt enough for him and he is being greedy? Who knows?

# May 17, 2012 @ 7:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Overlord writes:

It doesn't matter at all that he would still be making a metric sh**-ton of money, if he signs on for any less than the rest of the band he is essentially telling the world he was/is not an important piece of Black Sabbath.

So if anything, it is the opposite of "being greedy."

# May 17, 2012 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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