Bill Ward posts update on Black Sabbath situation

Bill Ward, as we all know by now, is currently not part of the Black Sabbath reunion until they offer him a “signable” contract. Bill has stated that he is packed and ready to travel to London to join the band when they offer him a contract worthy of his status within the band. Previously Black Sabbath were set to tour Europe this summer but plans have now been cancelled due to Tony Iommi’s condition. The band will only appear at Download this year with Ozzy taking on the remaining dates himself to not disappoint fans and promoters.

Bill Ward has released the following statement today regarding his current position within the band:

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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