Bill Ward Will NOT Be Joining Black Sabbath For Final Birmingham Show

by Alisha Jackson

Yesterday, Ozzy Osbourne expressed his disappointment in Black Sabbath’s failure to make a full-fledged reunion happen on the band’s final tour. “I’m sad that Bill [Ward] never came through,” he told Rolling Stone. “Every time I reach out to Bill I get yelled at for something,” he elaborated.

According to Ward, Black Sabbath wouldn’t let him “come through.” And as for Ozzy reaching out, Ward claims that the singer has done no such thing since January of 2012. The drummer explained his side of the story in a lengthy, emotional message on his official Facebook account, which can be read here.

In response to Ozzy’s statement about being sad that “Bill never came through,” Ward said “Ozzy needs to look to those who stopped me from coming through. The contract was impossible to sign; the group rhetoric of 2012, 2013 and throughout, was fault-finding, condemning and full of dishonest evaluations of me as a person, including my so-called health issues. Had I signed the contract, I suspect I wouldn’t have been labeled as having poor health or having all the other judgmental character references.”

According to Ward, he couldn’t have “come through” if he wanted to. And he did want to. “As a reminder, in September 2015, we asked a Sabbath representative if there could be an opening to play with the band again. Their representative answered ‘no.’ It’s hard to come through when you receive a ‘no,'” Ward explained.

Ward went on to crush Sabbath fans’ dreams, when he confirmed that he won’t be joining the band on stage ever again. “I love all our Sabbath fans throughout the world, and to toss around ideas that I might play the Birmingham shows is both emotionally heartbreaking for me and spiteful. I think the Sabbath fans who have loved the original band have gone through enough in terms of disappointment and sadness. For me to play Birmingham only, would, I feel, be discriminating and elitist towards our other fans all over the world. I could never be discriminating or elitist to our fans. It’s been heartbreaking enough not to record and tour and it’ll be heartbreaking not to play to the Birmingham fans. Please know the prevailing circumstances are not by my design. This is not what I would have wanted or what I have chosen. Had any of you had to choose to sign a contract which undermined and devalued you, I think most of you with some dignity and self-respect would have walked away too. My absence at the current shows and the future Birmingham shows reflects an undeniable and unseen misadventure that my accusers won’t bear. It’s called selfishness and self-centeredness; dishonesty and disloyalty. These are the culprits of Sabbath’s original line-up’s demise.”

Check out his full statement below:

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