billward300 Rei Nishimoto of Ghost Cult spoke with original Black Sabbath drummer, Bill Ward, about his current health status. Select quotes from the article appear below.

On his past health issues:

“There’s been some things that held me up. I got sick in 2013. Unfortunately that was out of the blue. It took a while to come out of that. It took me about five months to pull out to come all the way through that. So there’s been some setbacks…I spent nearly a year with Black Sabbath, working on what would have been the 13 album, but of course things had turned very sour with them. There have been some things and in the meantime I’ve been always writing this stuff. I’ve always kept moving on it so it’s emerging now. It’s coming out now.”

He adds, “I was never in a position where I was never able to drum. It’s really sad that those statements made about me that inferred that I wasn’t able to drum. When I’m in the studio, I can play in the studio. I was laying down tracks. We settled in 2011. By August 2011, I was already training and getting trained. You have to ramp up to go out on tour so that takes a different attitude. I started getting into shape for a tour. Touring is completely different to me than being in the studio. So I was already doing that work…Never at any time was my drumming impaired, my health impaired or my ability to play drums. I’m so angry about those suggestions and that was going on.”

So, other than his reported shoulder surgery, what other health issues did Ward have?

“The one thing that did stopped me of course…it stopped everything…was in 2013 when I had something called perforated diverticulitis, which is a very, very serious illness. That came out of the blue. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I had to have a couple of surgeries. I was on death’s door and I died. There was no way I could have played drums or sang or done anything else. I couldn’t even stand up. I actually had a lot of people helping me at that point. I’m very grateful I had a lot of love in my life and good doctors and everything, and they pulled me through…As soon as I was able to come through the perforated diverticulitis, I started playing again. The only issue that I had with my health at that time was that I had a shoulder operation. Four days before I had the perforated diverticulitis, I had a shoulder operation!…Coming back to Ozzy’s statements…whatever Ozzy expected of me, I expect far more than Ozzy expected of me. I expect far more of me. If anybody’s going to drive me, it’s me. I’m going to drive me. For being the best possible shape I could be in and play a good show.”

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  • Jeffrey Tomlins on

    So while denying he that he couldn’t drum he admits he couldn’t drum. Maybe he owes Ozzy an apology lol.

  • jeffrey heffernan on

    WHY IS ANYONE STILL TALKING TO THIS NUT JOB,who cares,we have heard it all 1000 times now,ozzy hates me waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,im not sick and old,waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.i want a signable contract waaaaaaaaaaaaaa,,,dude try working in a factory and get paid 15.00 an hr,and have to work 6 days a week 10 hrs a day next 10 a bunch of assholes you prob want to kill.for what oh 40 years of your life,get over it,why does anyone even interview this guy,yea he was a good drummer 30 years ago,when he and sabbath counted,life moves on,so should the guys writting these stories

  • elliot goldberg on

    i’m forming a Sabbath tribute band called “signable contracts”, but i’m not in a position to say more.

    • DR Is Live on

      Will you be doing any RATT songs?

    • elliot goldberg on

      juan or two

    • DR Is Live on

      Well done Elliot….well done indeed.

    • Ray Gillen on

      Thx Elliot you made me spit my starbucks all over my monitor. lol

    • elliot goldberg on

      you’re welk. what you did is a waste of a waste of $.

  • Medved on

    Bill Ward … the Steven Adler of Black Sabbath. Both are unwanted by their former band mates.

  • elliot goldberg on

    bill is a great drummer and seems like a great guy, but his picture should be on the cover of “men’s hell”.

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