Drummer Bill Ward, who has been estranged from his Black Sabbath bandmates, has revealed plans for a new solo album. As Ward recently told Joel Gausten blog, his new album, Accountable Beasts, is heading into the mixing stage.
Tomorrow, three quarters of the classic Black Sabbath lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi — will perform together in Birmingham, England as both a homecoming show and a warm-up gig for their upcoming headlining performance at Download festival.
Earlier this week, drummer Bill Ward broke the news that he would not being joining Black Sabbath on their upcoming live dates, citing an inability to come to terms on a "signable" contract. (Read the statement here.)
With Black Sabbath's first live dates of the year looming, many fans were still wondering whether or not drummer Bill Ward would be joining the legendary band on stage. Hopes were raised when Ward was once again added to the band's Facebook page as a member recently, but an official statement from Ward now brings bad news for fans hoping for a full reunion of the original lineup — Bill Ward will be sitting out Black Sabbath's upcoming live shows.
In 1969, a long-haired band arrived out of nowhere, brandishing a heavy sound and dark vibe that was completely at odds with the "get back to the garden" idealism of the Woodstock generation. The band's jazz-influenced drummer was almost physically incapable of playing a straight 4/4 beat, and the guitarist had lost the tips of two fret-hand digits in a freak industrial accident.