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Bill Ward Officially Bows Out of Black Sabbath Reunion Shows

After an incredibly drawn out and heartbreaking process, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has announced to his fans that he will officially not be participating in the Sabbath reunion shows. The legendary drummer wrote a detailed explanation regarding his decision, adding, “I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this.”

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Black Sabbath Greatest Hits CD Dropping in June

Black Sabbath are widely known as the godfathers of heavy metal. From the moment guitarist Tony Iommi began to play the diminished fifth in the legendary cut ‘Black Sabbath,’ rock music broke off into a new direction that has continued to evolve ever since. To celebrate metal titans Black Sabbath, a new compilation album, ‘Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath’ will be released in June.

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Black Sabbath to Play U.S. Show in August

Even though many of Black Sabbath ‘s reunion plans have fallen by the wayside in the wake of Tony Iommi’s Lymphoma diagnosis and Bill Ward’s contract dispute, singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon says that Sabbath will perform one show on U.S. soil this year.

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Black Sabbath European Shows Rebooked as ‘Ozzy + Friends’ Featuring Zakk Wylde and Slash

With Tony Iommi battling lymphoma and Bill Ward in a contract dispute with the band, Black Sabbath will now only play one gig on their previously scheduled European tour.

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Drummer Vinny Appice Says Black Sabbath Invite Would Be ‘A Hard Thing To Say No To’

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing former Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven and Hell drummer and current Kill Devil Hill stickman Vinny Appice. One of the topics we discussed with Appice was the current drama surrounding original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward‘s threat to drop out of the band’s reunion and the rest of Sabbath’s decision to continue without him. 

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Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne: If Tony Iommi Dies, I’m Gonna Kill Him!

While fan outcry grows over the recent rift between Bill Ward and the rest of his bandmates in the newly reunited Black Sabbath, guitarist Tony Iommi continues his battle against cancer — and he can count on vocal support (in more ways than one) from Ozzy Osbourne.

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Bill Ward’s Son Defends Dad and Condemns Backlash in Black Sabbath Dispute

Rumors of Black Sabbath replacing drummer Bill Ward are swirling amid his current contract dispute, but the band has not confirmed this at all. Now, Ward’s son Aron has addressed the backlash and negativity that currently surrounds his father.

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Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Thanks Fans For Support

As the drama surrounding the Black Sabbath reunion continues to spiral, original drummer Bill Ward has reached out to fans, thanking them for their support.

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Black Sabbath Continuing New Album and Tour Plans Without Drummer Bill Ward

We reported yesterday (Feb. 2) that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward posted a statement threatening to withdraw from the band’s reunion plans due to a what he deemed a series of “unsignable” contracts. Now, the rest of the band has announced that they will proceed with their reunion plans with or without Ward in the lineup.

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‘Black Sabbath Day’ To Be Declared in City of Birmingham, England?

Black Sabbath, the world’s most iconic and trailblazing purveyors of heavy metal, may get a day named after them in their hometown of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City Council member Philip Parkin has basically secured every metalhead’s vote for the rest of his political career after calling to create ‘Black Sabbath Day’ to pay tribute to the band and their recent reunion.

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Ailing Tony Iommi Still Writing New Black Sabbath Songs, Says Geezer Butler

Normally, a cancer diagnosis can sideline a person from work, play or otherwise. In the case of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, the riff master is as productive as ever in the wake of the devastating news that he is battling lymphoma.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi ‘Overwhelmed’ by Support After Lymphoma Diagnosis

The metal community was rocked earlier this week by the revelation that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was suffering from lymphoma. His diagnosis came right in the middle of Black Sabbath’s comeback trail, which includes a new album and touring. A flood of support from fans and fellow musicians followed the announcement of his illness. Now, the legendary axeman has issued his first personal statement on the matter.

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