Bill Ward may sit out the Black Sabbath reunion
So you know that Black Sabbath reunion that we’re all hyped up for? The one where they’re touring the world and releasing a new album this year? Well is drummer Bill Ward doesn’t get his way, he wants nothing to do with it.
According to , Ward recently posted in a blog that his part in the reunion may be uncertain due to “unsignable” contract negotiations. Since I’m trying to figure out what that means, why don’t I simply post what Ward wrote. Maybe it’ll be a bit more clear to me.
At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a “signable” contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another “unsignable” contract was handed to me.
Ohhh ok. So Ward is butt hurt because he’s not getting the respect he thinks he deserves. He continues:
Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent everyday getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting “the cold shoulder” (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign “the unsignable contract.”
The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician. I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate.
If I’m replaced, I have to face you, the beloved Sabbath fans. I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original Black Sabbath lineup as promoted. Without fault finding, I want to assure everyone that my loyalty to Sabbath is intact.
So here I am. I lay my truth down before you. I’m good to go IF I get a “signable” contract. I don’t want to let anyone down, especially Black Sabbath and all the Sabbath fans. You know I love you. It would be a sad day in Rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.
My position is not greed-driven. I’m not holding out for a “big piece” of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I’d like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago. After the last tour I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract. I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I’ve brought to Black Sabbath since its beginning.
That’s the story so far.
Stay safe and stay strong.
I love every single one of you.
This is the mark of an ass. “Oh, I’m not getting the respect I deserve!” “Oh, I should get equal billing and be recognized just as much!” Stop whining.
Does this guy really think Black Sabbath is going to sell tickets because he’s playing drums? It’s time for someone to stop being delusional and wake the fuck up. Yes, while Ward is an integral part of Sabbath and while it would be great to see him on stage with Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, he’s not the main draw nor has he ever been the main draw. He wants to make a stand now after all these years just when the band is on the verge of giving the world something it’s wanted for a long time? You don’t see Tony Iommi bitching and the guy has lymphoma!
Hopefully all of this gets resolved but if not, fans shouldn’t be upset if Ward is manning the sticks. Not after releasing a stupid statement such as this.