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Estranged Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Says He’s ‘Lost a Friend’ in Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath may have enjoyed major returns for their reunion on their '13' album, but founding drummer Bill Ward missed out on the disc after engaging in a very public contract dispute with the other original members. Not only did he miss out on the album, Ward says it's also damaged his relationship with singer Ozzy Osbourne.

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Bill Ward Details Recent Health Setbacks, Current Recovery and Future Projects

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has struggled with a few health issues lately, but the man is healing up and will soon sit behind the kit once again. In a new update from Ward himself, the drummer writes about shoulder surgery, contracting perforated diverticulitis, rehab and when exactly he plans on being back.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler on Bill Ward: ‘We Desperately Wish That It Had Worked With Him’

Black Sabbath have had a monster year in 2013, but it almost didn't happen at all. On top of guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis, original drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the Sabbath reunion due to contractual issues. Although Black Sabbath have captured success with Brad Wilk in the studio and Tommy Clufetos on tour, both Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have reiterated that they wished it had all worked out with Ward.

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Drummer Bill Ward Reveals He ‘Can’t Listen’ To Black Sabbath’s ’13′ Album

While the rest of of the world has embraced Black Sabbath's latest album, '13' with open arms, one person who can't bare to listen to the disc is the band's estranged drummer Bill Ward.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Sends Best Wishes to Bill Ward After Drummer’s Recent Surgery

Although original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may be estranged from the pioneering heavy metal band, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi definitely still cares about his former bandmate. Yesterday, we reported that Ward had successfully undergone surgery for diverticulitis. In response to the news, Iommi wished Ward the best via the guitarist's official website.

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Legendary Drummer Bill Ward Undergoes Surgery

Drummer Bill Ward, who is currently sitting out Black Sabbath's reunion over a contractual conflict, recently spent some of his downtime undergoing surgery. Ward required surgery after suffering a perforated diverticulitis that needed to be addressed.

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Bill Ward Recalls Wrecking His Car While Listening to Beatles Classic

Ever have one of those moments where everything syncs together perfectly? It turns out that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had one of those moments during a near-death experience.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Drummer: Tony Iommi Wanted Me to Replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath

After original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward bailed out of the band's reunion in early 2012, the seminal heavy metal act were forced to find a new drummer for both the recording of '13' and the band's touring plans. Sabbath quickly locked down their replacements for Ward, but according to drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Asia), he was asked to join Black Sabbath.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Bill Ward: ‘He’s Incredibly Overweight. A Drummer Has to Be in Shape’

Black Sabbath are finally able to enjoy the fruits of their reunion. Well over a year-and-a-half after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first announced a new album and world tour, Sabbath have now accomplished both, but without Ward. There has been much discussion over Ward's departure, but in a new interview with Ozzy Osbourne, the singer questioned Ward's ability to perform a two-hour show each night; labeling the drummer as overweight and pointing out Ward's two past heart attacks.

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Bill Ward: ‘I’m the Drummer in Black Sabbath’

It was truly unfortunate when original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward announced his departure from the iconic heavy metal band's reunion. Although Ward was not a part of Black Sabbath's '13' album or any of the act's touring since the founding lineup reunited in late 2011, Ward still calls himself "the drummer in Black Sabbath."

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Former Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward to Debut Fine Art Creations

Former  drummer Bill Ward is a legendary musician, but fans might not know he's also an artist. 'Absence of Corners,' his first foray into the fine art world, will be released Aug. 1 at billwarddrumart.com.

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Ozzy Osbourne Hopes Bill Ward Will Return to Black Sabbath If They Record Another Album

The success Black Sabbath are currently experiencing after the release of '13' is pretty spectacular -- so spectacular in fact that fans worldwide are already begging for a follow-up album. Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne is excited about the band's future, even stating in a new interview that he hopes original drummer Bill Ward will return to the band if the time comes to create Black Sabbath's 20th studio album.

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