Black Sabbath respond to Bill Ward's statement

Fri, 18 May 2012
The recently reunited original line up of Black Sabbath are set to headline this summer's Download and Lollapalooza Festivals, with a warm up show tomorrow night in Birmingham.

However the drumstool is left with a vacancy after Bill Ward confirmed he would not be taking part after months of speculation.

Ward had said in the statement on his website  "I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012."

The drummer also told fans in his statement he was asked only to "Participate minimally" in the bands Download Festival performance, playing only a handful of songs and another drummer playing the rest of the set.  Which he felt he wasn't prepared to do.

Last night, the rest of the band responded briefly to say, "We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download."

No announcement has been made to name the substitute drummer at this stage.

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