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Ozzy Osbourne on ’13′: ‘It’s Better Than My Wildest Dreams’

April 5th, 2013
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Ozzy Osbourne

“The album is mindblowing, [that’s] how good it is. I’m so over the moon about the way the album turned out. We wrote 16 songs … and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck [stood up] … It’s better than my wildest dreams; it’s so good.”

He continued: “People have been quoting me that this album was quite possibly the most important album of my career. What I meant by that is I didn’t want it to sound like a follow-up to ‘Never Say Die!’, ’cause that was when we were dying out within the band.”

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BLACK SABBATH – 13 Artwork Revealed; New Song Snippet Available

April 4th, 2013

The official artwork for BLACK SABBATH’s new album, 13, can be viewed in the below YouTube clip. In the infto you can hear a snippet of a new song:

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BLACK SABBATH To Launch North American Tour In Late July; Toronto Canada Date In August Confirmed

March 15th, 2013
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Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH will launch their world tour, in support of their upcoming new studio album, entitled 13, with a series of dates kicking off next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick off their North American tour, which will keep the band on the road from late July through September and includes one Canadian stop, on August 14th, at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the show go on sale on April 13th.

Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, will be released on June 11th. 13 was recorded primarily in Los Angeles and features the original Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi(guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) – who were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE). Produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, METALLICA), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the US.

13 is now available for pre-order on a variety of formats via Blacksabbath.com.

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BLACK SABBATH ’13’ Due Out June 2013

January 13th, 2013

Black Sabbath logoToday, the 13th of January 2013, rock legends BLACK SABBATH have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June (exact date TBA).  The original BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine).  Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.  13 marks the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ return to Vertigo, the band’s original label; it’s the group’s first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die! They have sold over 70 million albums together.

In advance of the album’s release, BLACK SABBATH will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances (see below for tour dates).  Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

BLACK SABBATH’s initial tour dates are as follows:

DATE               CITY                                       VENUE

Sat 4/20        Auckland, New Zealand       Vector Arena

Mon 4/22       Auckland, New Zealand       Vector Arena

Thu 4/25        Brisbane, Australia             Entertainment Centre

Sat 4/27        Sydney, Australia               All Phones Arena

Mon 4/29        Melbourne, Australia           Rod Laver Arena

Wed 5/1         Melbourne, Australia           Rod Laver Arena

Sat 5/4          Perth, Australia                  Perth Arena

Sun 5/12        Tokyo, Japan                     Ozzfest – Makuhari Messe

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BLACK SABBATH Laying Down Bass Tracks For New Album Today

November 15th, 2012

Heavy metal grand-daddies BLACK SABBATH checked in today with the brief update that Geezer Butler is all set to record some more bass tracks on the new album.

In the interview footage below, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi talks with Eric Blair about being a cancer survivor , The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, progress on the new Black Sabbath album, Rick Rubin, Bill Ward, and his fondest memories of RONNIE JAMES DIO.

When asked about progress on new Black Sabbath material and reports that he has laid down guitar for 15 new songs, he responds, “I know that, but that’s wrong. When Ozzy (Osbourne) said it, I think he meant what we’d done… we’d written the 15 songs and we played them all. But now, at the moment, we’re recording them. We recorded them at first, at my house in England, just as demos, but now we’re doing them for real. So, we’re about six tracks in now, at the moment.”

Due for release on December 12th is Black Sabbath – The Vinyl Collection: 1970 – 1978, a limited edition box-set celebrating the iconic albums featuring the full original Black Sabbath lineup.

Features include:

– 9×12” LP: full reproductions of the original album releases, remastered from the band’s personal archives on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Titles include: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality (with poster), Volume 4 (with photo insert book), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die, Live At Last.

– 7” single: featuring the band’s debut single ‘Evil Woman’ and non-album B-side ‘Wicked World’.

– 12” x 12” hard-backed book: containing original tour programmes from 1970, 1975, 1976 and 1978.

– Back to Black Sabbath download voucher: for easy download of the full set

– Includes an exclusive limited edition 12×12 print of the box set design. Only 50 prints available.

Pre-orders are currently being accepted at this location.

Black Sabbath recently announced their widely rumored and highly anticipated reunion for their first Australian shows in nearly 40 years.

Dates:

April
25 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
27 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia

May
1 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
4 – Perth Arena – Perth, Australia

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Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares – To Release 2-CD Set Of New Music, Classics and Rarities

August 8th, 2012

Great Music…For A Good Cause

Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles: “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water.” For the recording of these songs, the two rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.

Now, “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water” will be featured in a special 2-disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double-CD will be released in North American on August 28. [MSRP $17.98].

Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam “Dick Pimple,” a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is “Zero The Hero,” from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.

The “Out of My Mind” and “Holy Water” singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.

“As I said once in the song ‘Razzle Dazzle,’ it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,’” states Gillan. “The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘yeah told you so’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia.

“The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band,” continues Gillan, “was a band put together by Tony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we’d been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that’s it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It’s all there in the music.”

The release of this very special 2-CD set is a must for all Deep Purple fans and fans of hard rock.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

 

Track Listing:


CD1:
1. WhoCares “Out Of My Mind”
Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath “Zero The Hero”
3. Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover “Trashed”
4. M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan “Get Away”
5. Tony Iommi feat G.Hughes “Slip Away”
6. Gillan “Don’t Hold Me Back”
7. Ian Gillan “She Thinks It’s A Crime”
8. Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan “Easy Come, Easy Go”
9. Deep Purple feat.Ronnie James Dio “Smoke On The Water” (live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

CD2:
1. WhoCares “Holy Water”
Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath “Anno Mundi”
3. Tony Iommi feat. G. Hughes “Let it Down Easy”
4. Ian Gillan “Hole in My Vest”
5. Gillan & Glover feat. Dr.John “Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave me”
6. Ian Gillan & The Javelins “Can I Get A Witness”
7. Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG “No Laughing in Heaven”
8. Ian Gillan “When A Blind Man Cries” (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
9. Deep Purple “Dick Pimple”

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BLACK SABBATH – Setlist And Fan Filmed Video From Lollapalooza 2012

August 4th, 2012
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Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH headlined this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL this Friday (August 3rd), marking their only North American gig of 2012. Following is an excerpt from Ultimate Classic Rock’s review of the show:

“During the hot and humid Midwest evening, singer Ozzy Osbourne’s voice may not have hit every note, but our reporter on the scene told us that he more than made up for it with the showmanship, enthusiasm and boundless energy during the show. One of Ozzy’s most human moments ironically came during the band’s performance of ‘Iron Man,’ in which he ran over to kiss the woman who was offering a sign language translation for the deaf audience members and managed to keep up with the band throughout.”

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The setlist on the night was as follows:

‘Black Sabbath’
‘The Wizard’
‘Beyond the Wall of Sleep’
‘N.I.B’
‘Into the Void’
‘Under the Sun’
‘Snow Blind’
‘War Pigs
‘Electric Funeral’
‘Sweet Leaf’
‘Symptom of the Universe/Drum Solo’
‘Iron Man’
‘Faries Wear Boots’
‘Dirty Women’
‘Children of the Grave’
‘Paranoid’

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BLACK SABBATH – Birmingham Show Streaming In Its Entirety

May 22nd, 2012

BLACK SABBATH’s (semi) reunion show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England on Saturday night (May 19, 2012) has been posted on YouTube. The line-up featured guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos replacing original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward.

According to postings on Black-Sabbath.com the show was filmed/recorded for future use.

Black Sabbath’s set-list:
‘Into The Void’
‘Under The Sun’
‘Snowblind’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wheels Of Confusion’
‘Electric Funeral’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘The Wizard’
‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘Lord Of This World’
‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’ (edit)
‘Symptom Of The Universe’ (edit)
Drum solo
‘Iron Man’
‘Dirty Women’
‘Children Of the Grave’
‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ (edit)
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath - May 19th 2012

Black Sabbath - May 19th 2012

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BLACK SABBATH Reunion Show Was “The Best Medicine” For Tony Iommi; Fan-Filmed Video Available

May 20th, 2012

BLACK SABBATH’s May 19th show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, was the band’s first performance in their home city for the first time in thirteen years. The anxiously anticipated (partial) reunion featured guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos replacing original skinsman Bill Ward.

Black Sabbath - May 19th 2012

Black Sabbath - May 19th 2012

Butler commented after the show: “Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever – you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony was a hero – you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie.”

Black Sabbath’s set-list:

‘Into The Void’
‘Under The Sun’
‘Snowblind’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wheels Of Confusion’
‘Electric Funeral’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘The Wizard’
‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘Lord Of This World’
‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’ (edit)
‘Symptom Of The Universe’ (edit)
Drum solo
‘Iron Man’
‘Dirty Women’
‘Children Of the Grave’
‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ (edit)
‘Paranoid’

Fan-filmed footage of the band in action can be seen below:

Some photos from the show have been posted HERE.

In related news, BLACK SABBATH have defended their decision to remove original drummer Bill Ward from photos on the main pages of their official website.

“At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the Blacksabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.”

 

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Geezer Butler comments on the Black Sabbath “soap opera”

May 19th, 2012
As posted to GeezerButler.com on May 19, 2012
Black Sabbath in 2011. The reunion that should of happened.

Black Sabbath in 2011. The reunion that should of happened.

I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his “good” days, we’d meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we’d move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he’d been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn’t acceptable to Bill’s representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he’d change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we’d better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven’t played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we’d be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he’d been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it “for free”- well, I think that’s basically how you raise money from gigs for charity – you play them “for free”.

All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn’t meant to be this time. Bill’s made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.

Stay frosty,
Geezer

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Photos of Bill Ward Removed from BlackSabbath.com

May 18th, 2012

No Bill Ward, No Sabbath?

In an obvious move to hit back at drummer Bill Ward’s statement about not taking part in the reunion, BLACK SABBATH have pulled all his photos off their official website. All that remain are hilariously edited shots of guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne.  As well, the bands “discography” page only lists the releases with Ozzy, ignoring ALL other releases.

Earlier this week Sabbath issued the following brief comment regarding drummer Bill Ward’s statement that he won’t be taking part in the reunion album or 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.”

The three original members of Sabbath – Iommi, Osbourne and Butler – are currently working on their first studio album in thirty three years and first since 1978’s Never Say Die! The band will soon announce the drummer for their hometown return to the O2 Academy in Birmingham tomorrow (May 19th), UK’s Download Festival on June 10th and the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago which runs from August 3rd-5th.

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BILL WARD – Statement on Upcoming Black Sabbath Shows

May 15th, 2012

As posted to: http://www.billward.com/2012/05/statement-on-upcoming-black-sabbath-shows/#more-1428

Bill Ward

Bill Ward

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

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.

To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the U.K. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”

The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.

My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.

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.

I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30 through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.

Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5 finalizing on Wednesday, May 9. The offer we received on May 9 was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.

I had notified the representative that May 10 was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9 I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.

I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.

Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.

I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.

I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.

Since Spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.

On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.

Stay strong.
Stay safe.

With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Bill Ward

Following on a separate page is a thank you message to some very extraordinary people.

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Drum Clinic Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath) And To Guest Judge at Heavy MTL 2012 BOTB – March 14 – Montreal

March 1st, 2012

Montreal’s heaviest and loudest bands will take to the stage once again to battle out in round 3 for a chance to win one of two prized spots on the Heavy MTL 2012 lineup at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 11 to 12. Round 3 will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Katacombes (1635 St. Laurent) with guest judge drummer Vinny Appice known for his solid drumming on over 25 recorded albums, many which are multi-platinum and were recorded with influential metal bands DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, to name a few along with performing with JOHN LENNON “live” on stage and in the studio at the age of 16.

In additional news, the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada with ItalMelodie, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth are proud to present a drum clinic along with a meet and greet signing with Vinny Appice at ItalMelodie’s Montreal location at 250 Jean Talon East, 3rd floor on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets for the clinic are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased at ItalMelodie.

Note: BOTB showcases will be every second Wednesday of the months leading to Heavy MTL 2012.

Show Details:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – Progressive/ Modern Death Thrash Metal Night

18+

8:30pm

$12 – Tickets available at Admission.com & Labyrinthe (486 Ste. Catherine West)

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/331075960266885/

Guest judge: Vinny Appice – http://www.vinnyappice.com

Bands:

DEMISE OF THE CROWN
www.reverbnation.com/demiseofthecrownmetal

HEROIK
www.myspace.com/heroikmetal

INSTANZIA
www.myspace.com/instanzia

TRAINWRECK ARCHITECT
www.myspace.com/trainwreckarchitect

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BLACK SABBATH Cancel Reunion Tour; OZZY & FRIENDS To Perform Majority Of Scheduled Shows

February 19th, 2012
Bill Ward

Bill Ward

BLACK SABBATH – who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour – have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10th at the UK’s Download Festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including GEEZER BUTLER (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member ZAKK WYLDE. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend SLASH at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the UK for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

 

The 2012 tour dates are as follows:

 

Black Sabbath:

 

June

10 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival

 

Ozzy & Friends:

 

May

23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium

27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival

29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival

31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

 

June

2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium

4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle

6 – Prague, Czech Rep – O2 Arena

15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival

17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival

26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle

28 – Belgrade, Serbia – USCE Park

 

July

1 – Athens, Greece – Rockwave Festival – Terra

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SHARON OSBOURNE “I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath”

February 9th, 2012
Bill Ward

Bill Ward

OZZY OSBOURNE’s wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has responded to internet rumors that she “fired” BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, after he announced last week that he could not participate in the band’s recording sessions in Birmingham until a “singable contract is drawn up.”

Osbourne wrote on Twitter: “I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband.”

Bill Ward’s son Aron Ward has posted a lengthy statement on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page about the Black Sabbath “shit storm.” It reads in part as follows:

“The press is spinning this shit storm to read as if my dad has quit. This is not true. The guys know that. That’s why they said the door is always open. My dad hasn’t ‘declined’ playing with Black Sabbath or ‘threatened’ to pull out of this reunion. As he stated his bags are packed and he’s ready to go. He say’s it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. I know he’s been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the UK. When I saw him over the summer he had this little CD case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. Each CD was sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.

About a month ago my dad called me to let me know that Tony had been diagnosed with cancer. He said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the UK and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. He’d been rehearsing more than I’ve ever known him to. Up till about three weeks ago he was working extremely hard and close with the other three on this album/reunion tour. He was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer and Ozzy again. I know if they sort this shit out you guys won’t be disappointed.

I’ve always stayed out of my dad’s business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. Unfortunately it’s become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad so this is for the fucking morons saying…”

Read more on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page.

Fans are rallying around Ward and have launched a new Facebook page dubbed 1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes To Bill Ward.

Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:

May
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

June
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

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