Friday, February 17, 2012

Drummer Bill Ward On Sabbath Reunion Situation : "I Remain Hopeful For A Signable Contract"

In a statement released on his official website, founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has issued an update regarding the current contract situation which the band is currently embroiled in regarding his participation in the upcoming reunion album and subsequent tour.

The statement, which also alludes to the grassroots Facebook effort 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward, launched as a direct response to reports that Ward was being replaced for the aforementioned album and tour, is as follows :

"Dear Sabbath Fans,

I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.

As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.

Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.

I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.

While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.

Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.

Stay safe, stay strong.

–Bill Ward"

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