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billward300 Sick Drummer Magazine caught up with original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward to talk about his fine art project and new music. Read about Ward’s new music below.

SDM:…Will we maybe be able to hear you behind the drums again anytime soon, regardless of who it may be with?

BW: I think the soonest it’s going to be is probably on an album we are trying to finish right now. We’re in the final mix and some of the tracks are mastered. It’s an album called Accountable Beasts and I’ve been working on and off with it for about five years. I play seven or eight of the drum tracks on it, have put a lot of really hard work into it and I wrote most of the material. I am quite pleased with the amount of work I’ve put into the album to date and I’m hoping it will come out at some point in the near future. I can’t say definitely, but I can say that we are working on the final mix and I kind of have a goal behind that, which is let’s get this thing finished and mixed as soon as possible. We are working on that right now, in fact this very day, to go into the studio and so on and so forth. Setting up our dates, studying my mix sheets, and working out final over-dubs if any need to be done. We have some of the material which is already what I like to call “master-mixed”, it’s board mixed and we don’t need to touch it, it just goes to mastering. There’s nine songs on the record I believe, so that would be the first time you’d get to hear me drumming again, at least at this point. We have other projects that are going on as well, but it’s a bit too early to tell yet.

SDM: You said you wrote most of the material, would that be guitar as well?

BW: Yes. Well, I don’t play guitar but what allows me to be able to work with guitar is that I have an incredible guitar player. He’s so open-minded that when I take my keyboard notes to him, I’ll just play a little bit of the melodies and such. I love working with melodies and I can work out a lot of the different parts, so when I do that my lead guitar player is extremely amicable. We put our ego’s outside the door and it’s like… ok! let me see what we can achieve here. Let me see if I can produce these things you’re trying to get at. It’s a very good working arrangement and he sounds absolutely great on the record, he’s fuckin’ rock-n-rolling! I mean, it’s really good! I obviously like it and I hope everybody else will, but it’s definitely a good piece of work.

Read the entire interview at Sick Drummer Magazine.

source: sickdrummermagazine.com


  1. I hope Bill releases this album it would be cool to hear him play again and possibly have some live dates with the band he is working with, even though Sabbath keeps going on without him.

  2. Ozzy’s tour drumming playing for Sabbath means that much more cash for the Osbourne camp. That’s why Ozzy wanted his drummer on the album over Brad Wilk. If you work for the Osbourne’s their sure to ‘secure” a considerable chunk of someone else’s blood, sweat and tears.

  3. First Peter Criss, now Bill Ward. With all due respect, what is it with the iconic drummers who just don’t have it anymore,but are too insecure to admit it? Both were basically inactive and AWOL for years after they left their respective bands. Then to feel like they’ve been snubbed when it’s obvious that they are clueless to their own limitations is sad. Drummers are the engine of the band and that,unfortunately,is a young man’s game considering how these two once played their music.

  4. Bonham & Moon had no chance of being drummers in their groups even 20 years ago if they survived.I met Keith a month before he died….he looked like a 50 year old. To be a drummer in Sabbath ’13 requires major stamina. Paul & Gene know Ace & Peter are f-ups. Freakin’ Dio told Tony and Geezer “he’s gotta go”….and that was in 1980!

    1. I agree. Check out YouTube videos of Keith Moon with the Who in the late 60s and early 70s. By the mid-70s Moonie was a shadow of what he’d been. But on his behalf, it’d be hard to sustain that manic style of playing for long.

      1. To a degree, completely different sort of music The Who were going for in the mid to late 70’s. Sister Disco is not exactly I Can See For Miles….his drumming on Quadrophoenia is fantastic. I can’t buy into the “he was a shadow of what he had been”. That is a strong statement.

  5. I have a lot of respect for bill. After 1980 he decided the rock and roll life was not for him. He had to get clean and sober,unfortunately the last 30 years he has been very inactive as a musician. Can you believe if he does release accountable beasts it would be the first full studio album in 30 years he has played drums on . Bill needs to release this.hope the best!!

  6. Moon was incredible in ’71. 6 years later after sitting through ’77 in L.A. boozing it with Ringo & Alice he lost a step, or two or three. Bonham was gaining weight big time, too much boozing, not much drumming/touring/recording. Ward would have never survived the first leg.

  7. Talk about naysayers. My God! Mc Brain is MAIDEN s oldest member(60+) and he s going strong. To lump an all time great in with WINGER, HOOKERS AND BLOW and JACK RUSSELL GREAT WHITE is damn extreme. This is like THE ELEPHANT MAN. STOP IT! I AM NOT AN ANIMAL, I AM A BLACK SABBATH S ORIGINAL DRUMMER. You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Ward s drumming is actually the best thing on NEVER SAY DIE. Last year, people were blogging: IT S NOT A REAL REUNION MINUS WARD and now this. HE S TOO OLD. HE S A FAT BASTARD. HIS MOTHER SHOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM UP. Just ’cause the YANKEES are staying home and the GIANT suck cock, you don t have the right to fuck with a guy who was not given a SIGNABLE CONTRACT. Just ’cause the new De Niro movie THE FAMILY eats ass, you shouldn’t treat 25% of metal s THE BEATLES like Chris Brown treated Rihanna.
    Dear Mr. Ward, I hope with utmost sincerity that your new album is better than THE BLIZZARD OF OZZ, and then you ll be back in business. I hope that you live a long and healthy life. Congrats on your long time sobriety and much luck and health moving forward. Your biggest fan, THE $$$MAN. GOD BLESS.

  8. Instead of trying to take sides in an argument that I know none of the parties in, I’m just gonna wait until the album comes out and see how it is. The truth about all this back and forth garbage between Bill and Sabbath is probably a bit of both – maybe Bill has lost some thunder and it was a crappy deal too. For what it’s worth I never thought Ozzy was a great singer either, but it never stopped me from listening to him. The music was still good and he wasn’t ruining it, so it was fine with me. I won’t argue that the drummer’s job is overall the most physical in the band, but I’d stop short of saying that an older guy just can’t do it anymore IF he (or she) is willing to be disciplined and put in the work to keep up with it. Nicko McBrain was a good example. Neil Peart is still slamming away. Joey Kramer. Those are just some of the guys that come to my mind that still get it done at “advanced” age. Granted, it wouldn’t necessarily be fair to assume that anyone could do that. Some of these guys (and not just drummers) are getting around to the age where joint replacements are a real possibility!

  9. Niko wasn’t shown the door a few gigs into a major tour 33 years ago cause he couldn’t hack it like the Wardster. Ozzy didn’t want this Criss-like train wreck on a very important record and tour. In ’13 you can pro-tools/punch in tom-tom breaks and sound like ’72. File under Chiller Convention guest with Ace. Drumheads are an extra fee to sign.

  10. Sad. Black & Blue Tour in ’80, Ward was replaced by Appice cause he was worse than Ozzy drinking. Niko at Ward’s age in ’80 and now kicks ass. Criss was axed for the same reason. In 2013 a child could drum like Ward ’72 with studio hi-jinks. Ace signs stuff at horror conventions, Ward soon.

  11. I think Bill Ward must have failed to yield to Lee in merging traffic. He really hates the fucking guy. I mean this is like personal. If someone backs Ward, he responds with another attack. HOLY SHIT! Stay away from Bill Ward s house. He seems like an alright guy. The other day, Lee s psychiatrist showed him one of those WARSHACK tests, Lee s responce: BILL WARD COVERED IN BLOOD. You say Ward is a good drummer, Lee say s 45 years ago he missed a drum beat that MOTHERFUCKING COCKSUCKER. CALM DOWN! Lee, you re a great blogger but let this one go before Bill Ward ruins your fucking life.

  12. Ward is like Ace & Criss: a F-Up. He ruined any type of reunion. I saw Ward 5 times with Sabbath in the 70’s, he can’t play like the new guy cause he’s out of shape due to decades of boozing. I guarantee Ward shows up at Chillah. He’d make more money than what Sharon woulda put on the table to do the tour just in signing stuff. Alex Van Halen just put him out to pasture when they opened for them….even Ozzy told me it was an ass kicking to my face.


  14. They were all face down in the snow in ’79 at The Roxy and The Rainbow. Eagles had the better snow by a mile. Hey Bill do Chillah, Ace and Peter and Alice kick ass signing stuff.

  15. I’ve got to hand it to our resident comedian, Richman on this one – he nailed it on this Ward issue! It never ceases to amaze me the level of disrespect Bill and people like Peter Criss get on here, while so much of the same can be said about other band members in their respective bands. Bill’s not on the current Sabbath reunion, so by default he’s this big loser that’s too old and can’t play – same said for Peter. Meanwhile you have Ozzy in his usual pudgy incoherent state, singing lyrics from a teleprompter, and hardly no one says a word about the ex-reality show puppet. Speaking of another ex-reality show mogul that diluted his legacy, Gene Simmons, who by the way just appeared at a horror/comic book convention over the summer. Just because these guys stay in the mainstream spotlight with their respective bands and other projects in the mass media, doesn’t necessitate that these guys are somehow “winners.” If one is looking at it only from the perspective of financial wealth then yeah, these guys can be seen as these success stories… but based on that sort of criteria so can the likes of a Justin Bieber. I’ll take Bill any day over these other overrated, sellouts that maintain their status of respect through materialism and smoke and mirrors. This can be said for Ozzy since he left Sabbath. Sure you put him with the likes of Randy, Jake, and Zakk; he’s going to appear great. Not to mention, the Ozz man having a manager like the old lady as the obvious driving force of that whole operation all these years. If Bill had a manager like that and had been aligned with nothing short of guitar wizardry throughout his career, I’m sure people would look at Bill in a different light too despite everything else being said. It’s safe to say Bill isn’t the businessman that Ozzy is, but is no more overweight, out-of-shape, and inapt than Ozzy. I’d also bet that Ozzy’s collective substance abuse over the years has far exceeded Bill’s. Simply put, Bill hasn’t had the disposable millions over the past 30+ years to shoot, snort, and piss away that level of abuse like Ozzy has. Also along the lines of obvious here with drummers having some sort of shelf life with stamina and ability, does anyone remember Lars from that little band Metallica on here? The guy if far from being a spring chicken and people forget how old he really is because he hasn’t missed a beat. What about Dave Lombardo? Oh wait a minute, that’s right, Dave presently isn’t doing the Slayer thing, so I guess by default that makes him some sort of loser that’s too old and can’t play. Seriously, every time a Bill Ward news post appears on here, it’s like a social commentary on much that’s wrong in the world based on numerous said comments. We can only hope in the future Eddie invites Bill to be the guest drummer on TMS and have Richman in the audience for that taping with mic in hand.

    1. Thanks for setting us straight Nic. I feel shame. Actually I don’t. Just because someone is around forever, doesn’t mean they deserve to be around forever. Bill Ward, nobody knows exactly what the deal is. However do you really think Ozzy, Tony, and Geezer would fuck him over if he was absolutely good to go? Give me a fucking break you Ward sympathizer. Sharon doesn’t manage Sabbath either and Ozzy doesn’t get final say. If he did, his drummer would’ve been on 13, and not Rick Rubin’s. Its soooooo fucking easy to blame Ozzy when you don’t know shit. If your going to blame him, then blame Tony and Geezer too, which nobody wants to do because they’re not bad guys. What a fucking joke. And Peter Criss? Take if form a KISS Army recruit from 1977, he’s the whiniest of the whiners out there. Did you like his drumming on Psycho Circus? Good cause it wasn’t his. He’s been a whiny fraud longer than he’s been a competent drummer. So spare me your ridicule Dad because your way is the easy way out.

      1. DR you evidently missed the whole point I was making and seem to be remarking on a Bill Ward related news article about 2 or 3 stories ago, as to why he isn’t a part of the Black Sabbath reunion. I was simply talking about the level of disrespect Bill receives relative to the comments we typically see in general regarding all Ward related articles vs. the level of respect Ozzy gets from the sort of blind allegiance, as you’ve shown. I mean I can appreciate humor as much as the next guy. We’ve even shared in that humor in past articles (remember Eric Brittingham), but bro, you know how this goes… you write a personal check on this site and it’s getting cashed… and in this case it’s almost too easy with what the deal is here.

        DR clearly suffers from what can be called the Brad Gillis effect. Let’s take a moment to go back to suburbia circa late ’82. There you’ll find a youthful DR, brandishing mullet and Ozzy shirt, kicking back in the ol’ Chevette on many a lonely Friday night, bummed, and pleasuring himself to the tune of Goodbye to Romance. However there is hope – Speak of the Devil has arrived – but much to his dismay he discovers the unthinkable – Brad Gillis is Ozzy’s new axeman – we’re talking the heir to Randy Rhoads is Brad f’ing Gillis! Then one night DR is so traumatized by Ozzy’s new, blond-afro sporting guitarist that he leaps to the side of his bed in prayer position, and as if making some pack with the devil, swears he would henceforth maintain blind allegiance to the prince of darkness, just as long as Brad Gillis isn’t the chosen one. “Say it isn’t so Ozzy, say it isn’t so.” Then around ’84 DR once again breathes a sigh of relief that he can once more walk from the record store a happy camper with Bark at the Moon in hand. Though this moment is momentarily interrupted as the post traumatic syndrome creeps back into his psyche, as he hears the tune of Sister Christian emanating from overhead in his local record store and shutters to think what might have been considering the Ozz man himself could have very well been singing that number had DR’s prayers not been answered. Now fast forward to present day and for the past 20+ years of second rate solo albums and reality shows, DR kept the torch burning and the promise of his sacred pact 30+ years ago, blindly supporting Mr.Osbourne, as witnessed in his posts… still baring the scars from Mr.Gillis all these years later, devout as ever, and ready to drink the cool-aid at the Osbourne camp’s request.

        You’ve got to love this site. Thanks Eddie!

  16. Ward was 86’d in ’80 for a reason: he sucked on the tour, he had no stamina. He has NONE to allow the big 3 to contract him (he’s NEVER gonna get the 25% out of the 100% even if he was healthy). This album and tour are tens of millions at stake. You can’t have a fuck up on the drums. Criss had triggers in his kit cause he was not ’77. Rick Rubin woulda LOVED having the big 4, however; he isn’t stupid. Imagine all the programs/shirts/hype then he pulls an ’80….geezus christ, if Irving Azoff were the manager he’d be furious, freaking nuked to the stone-age from all angles. Gene & Paul can’t record music without a great drummer. Eddie isn’t stupid, he knows why Ward is not on the tour: 1980 revisited.

    1. Wrong. Look up Hartford 1980 Sweet Leaf. Then tell me Ward had no stamina during that tour. In fact, look up any bootleg recording of that tour before Appice came in…. Some of Ward’s most aggressive solos are from that tour! He left because he had problems but he didn’t let it affect his performances while playing with Sabbath at that time.

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