billward300 Original Black Sabbath drummer has posted the following message to his Facebook page:

“Dear Friends,

I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you.

I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way.

There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed. I don’t think previously strong relationships can remain strong after dispute by just sweeping the offensive stuff under the carpet, or by saying a puny sorry, or ‘oh, that’s all over now.’ It doesn’t work like that for me. Righting of wrong works, and that’s what I want if I’m ever going to be his friend again.

Still undone and faraway is a ‘signable’ contract. I would require a ‘signable’ contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.

Put simply, it’s up to them. I have dearly missed playing with them and as people, I have been heartbroken over the loss of who I thought we were. And now you know where I stand.

Very soon my band, BWB will release a new album ironically called Accountable Beasts. I re- kick-started it in May 2012, and in an off and on journey to record, we have reached our final destination – a good mix, and a well mastered record. At this time we are putting the final touches on the digital booklet.

There are other multiple projects in different stages of progress, and I hope to bring more definitive news about them as things unfold this year. I have been very happy writing new songs, playing drums and working with other musicians. I have been blessed with musical visions and the ability to harness them. I’m moving into the future with an optimistic outlook.

For our many Sabbath fans, I love you all dearly. You are extremely special people. You fucking rock. I have been in deep regret since January 2012 that a true union was denied. I’ve remained faithful to you and honest with myself. Had I not been honest throughout I would have perished long ago. My hand is within yours, and I am encouraged to know you better. Stay safe and stay strong.

Now it is time to meet the circumstances of my statement and attend to what else is ongoing and before me.

Bill Ward”

9 Responses

  1. Just read that, though. What are we? Twelve? Maybe Ozzy can hand Bill a note in gym class and we’ll be done with this.

    It annoys the crap out of me when people talk of “truth” then proceed to talk about things that are anything but. I have been a licensed attorney for almost 20 years and “a ‘signable’ contract” is the most nonsensical thing I’ve ever heard in the context of “speaking truth”. ANY contract is “signable”; all Bill is saying is “I don’t like the terms”. If that’s the case, say it, say what the terms are you don’t like and be done with it. But using loaded phrases like “signable” contract is just game playing, and taking the negotiations public makes it an even more BS thing to do.

    Look, I love Bill Ward; the drumming on those first eight Sabbath records is killer (and if you at all doubt his abilities, you HAVE to see the booted Paris ’70 video). But enough is enough.

    1. Thank you! My thoughts exactly. Most everyone will side with Bill and blame Ozzy/$haron I’m sure, but Bill just comes off as a whiny baby. It’s done and over with. Sabbath has moved on without Bill. It’s time for Bill to do the same.

    2. While that may be true, Sharon completly runs Ozzy. Ozzy hasn’t had a thought of his own in quite awhile. Sad how he lets her pull all the strings.

    3. Bill, that is only nonsensical to a licensed attorney…lol…Bill is a rock musician. But thanks for explaining to us, yeah I kind of figured that’s what he meant…Ozzy responded, and it seems Bill is not telling us everything. But, man, you gotta love that album title, no question the heart of Sabbath beats in this man, not so much the contrived “scary” official version.

  2. im sure a lot of this is sharons doing,ozzy by luck knows what time of day it is,never mind the business of black sabbath,and the other 2 guys are just happy to be playing .poor tony has got his own issues with his health,and gezer can give a shit as long as hes getting paid to play live.sharon has ruined more relationships.everything she touches although makes money,but at what cost.these guys were friends ,when she was still playing with her dolls,there are more disputes with ozzy and his friends because of her.just ask eddie why the oz has not been on the show,or why hes not on the bone yard anymore.what a shame.life is too short for this kind of shit,and for them life is getting shorter and shorter by the day…..

  3. I don’t know what’s been all said between them and I don’t know what the contract included or didn’t inlcude BUT I know like others have said, Sharon is behind it all. OZZY is nothing but a PUPPET, I’m sure he loves Sharon but he sure doesn’t show a spine when he lets her ride rough shot over all his former friends and bandmates. Sad but true.

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