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Black Sabbath Issues "No Comment" On Bill Ward's Latest Statement

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Black Sabbath has issued a short "no comment" regarding Bill Ward's latest update about not being part of the reunion shows:

We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.

But actions speak louder than words, and upon visiting the band's official web site, you can see carefully cropped and arranged vintage photos of just three members of the band - Tony, Ozzy, and Geezer; no Bill - on the site's background as well as the photo gallery. (thanks Brooklyn Vegan for pointing that out.)

Update: The removal of Ward from the web site photos was apparently at the request of Ward's attorney. You can read more about that here.

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11 Comments on "Black Sabbath 'No Comment' On Ward's Statement"

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1. so they said "no comment" writes:

yet, they made a pretty lengthy comment for "No comment." Did they meant to say we comment that we're disagreeing and will not entertain the specifics?

# May 18, 2012 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ATX writes:

Why not just f***ing get Vinnie Appice to do it? It would make it, uh slightly better I guess.

# May 18, 2012 @ 3:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. citrus_tea writes:

Like the article points out, the hours spent photshopping Bill out of the website says plenty.
Even though she claims not to represent the band, this still has Sharon written all over it.

# May 18, 2012 @ 3:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DK writes:

The photoshopping thing is a disgrace and not a very convincing move to anyone older than 10.
F**K Sharon Osbourne.

# May 18, 2012 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. R10 writes:

Sadly,this whole "reunion" has turned into a total farce! I have zero interest in this whole deal anymore. Would have been cool;one last album,tour,but it isnt to be. I dont support it!

# May 18, 2012 @ 4:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hunt stevenson writes:

Ward was the key if things went a go for sabath.
This is no surprise really.
They'll pick up a temp and rock on, no big deal.

# May 18, 2012 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Drum_Junkie writes:

I wish the details of the unsignable contract would come to light. Bill is put in a tough spot where, if he reveals contract specifics, he could lose leverage and any goodwill from the other side of the bargaining table.
The actions of Tony, Oz and G//z/r (or their handlers) doesn't lend them any credability. If they have nothing to hide, why are they hiding?

Notice how they've never said Bill has been wrong. Just that they are dissapointed or flatly refuse to make an official statement. If the other Sabbath gents are concerned about his health, then say so. If it's money, royalties, etc, then say so. How hard is that?

Oh, and @ ATX:
While Vinnie is healthier and has 'traditionally' replaced Bill, without Bill, it is not the original line-up. Hell Vinnie was only 11yrs old when Sabbath got together in 1968. The whole promotion revolved around the FOUR original members, or did you forget 11/11/11?

# May 18, 2012 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. auq8 writes:

What a mess. So glad I am not a Sabbath fan. You guys every right to be p***ed about this. Soap operas one of the reasons I try and stray away from the nostalgia/old time bands like Van Halen and Soundgarden, who try and use reunions to drum up interest and rake in money way past their prime. Its not to say the drama isn't entertaining. But only on the internet.

# May 19, 2012 @ 10:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. TheTrueMayheM writes:

At this point with so many times Bill saying hes going to play then not play. I dont give a crap what they do or who is the drummer as long as its good thats all that matters. Whoop de F*****g doo if Bill complains about everything. Just get a better more able drummer cause there are tons of drummers who would love to do his job.

# May 19, 2012 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. DixieSkumLord666 writes:

I'm blaming sharon for this fiasco...they're all incredibly rich beyond the comprehension of most mortals...just re-write the damn contract to make bill happy and do the damn shows as 100% real deal original black sabbath.

# May 19, 2012 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Overlord writes:

lmao

# May 21, 2012 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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