Thursday, February 9, 2012
Black Sabbath Returns - without Bill Ward?
In 1969 the band BLACK SABBATH formed and the music world was never the same. Guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward made up the band that was arguably the first heavy metal band. In November of last year the announcement was made that after 43 years the original band would reform for a new album and tour. This was exciting news and fans around the world were thrilled. However, word has it that the tour will take place without drummer Bill Ward, as contract issues have arisen and according to sources band manager Sharon Osbourne fired Butler, who was unhappy with the contract he was offered and wanted to be "paid like one of the founding members." He will be replaced on the tour by Ozzy's drummer for his solo band Tommy Clufetos.
There have been a total of 22 members of Sabbath over the years. For a full list go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_band_members
The only member in the group consistently from the beginning is Tony Iommi, so the precedent is there for other musicians to tour with the band. But as this is a chance for a full renunion it would be dissappointing to not have Ward onboard.
Without knowing all the details it's hard to make a judgement here on who's right or wrong, but one thing is for sure, a full renunion with all four original band members would be something special. I don't understand what the issue is, unless Ozzy and Tony are getting a bigger share of profits because of their "star' status, which doesn't seem right to me either if that's the case. We'll just have to sit tight and wait for more details to emerge.