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.
As we reported last fall, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan got together to form WhoCares, releasing two songs for a good cause -- to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia.
After a supposedly leaked lineup for this year's Lollapalooza appeared online over the weekend listed Black Sabbath among the headliners, the rumor mill swung into action, debating over the authenticity of the document which also showed Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Jack White among the festival's lead acts.
Back in January, it was revealed that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma, and would be undergoing treatment while the reunited Sabbath got to work on their new album. Iommi and his bandmates remained optimistic about the guitarist's condition, promising fans that their album fans would be unaffected by Iommi's diagnosis.
Hello there! Welcome to my first Guitar World column. I'm looking forward to sharing with you in these pages my thoughts on playing, equipment and the music business. Actually, this isn't the first time I've written a column — I used to do one many years ago for an English music magazine called Beat Instrumental. I did it for about eight months and it was great fun, and I'm sure this one will be too.
We reported yesterday that Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has issued a statement threatening to quit the band unless he was given a "fair contract" to sign. Until then, he made clear that he wouldn't be taking part in Sabbath's future recording/touring plans.