Bill Ward: 'If There Is Some Longevity With Black Sabbath, Then I'd Like To Be Part Of It'

The metal band's estranged drummer says he'd like to reconnect with Ozzy and co.

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Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has spoken out after parting ways with the heavy metal titans over the summer.

Speaking to Eagles Of Death Meta frontman Jesse Hughes in "On The Road" - Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal - which you can view at - Ward said that he hopes to make amends with the band, who recently played a number of comeback shows without him.

Ward said: "If there is some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I'd like to be part of it". He added: "I wanna play hard rock music. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry [Geezer Butler, bass]. I love playing with Oz [Osbourne, vocals]. And I love playing with Tony [Iommi, guitar]. When Tony opens up with huge chords man, I still get the same shiver up my back than I did when we were 18 year-old kids".

In May of this year, Ward issued a statement which explained that he would not be taking part in any of the Black Sabbath shows set for the summer, following on from previous claims he'd made that he had been unhappy with the contract he'd been offered to work on the band's new album and tour.

Geezer Butler then claimed that estranged drummer Bill Ward's contract demands for the summer shows were "a joke". According to Blabbermouth, Butler said it was "sad to see the Sabbath reunion tour becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet".

Black Sabbath headlined Download Festival and also played a small show at Birmingham's O2 Academy and well as headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, all with a replacement drummer.

Thanks to NME for the report.

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    Hopefully they figure out their stuff because i want to see Sabbath. the real sabbath.
    back when Dio was alive, i got to see them as Heaven and Hell open up for Judas Priest and they were incredible (obviously without Ward). i can only imagine how powerful it would be to see the real Sabbath perform together.
    Hey UG, just wondering if we could get an update on Tony Iommi soon. I assume he's doing well but still haven't heard anything for awhile now.
    Bill Ward: 'I Feel Sad To See The Sabbath Reunion Becoming a Bit Of A Soap Opera On The Internet' Butler said it was "sad to see the Sabbath reunion tour becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet". _____ Eerm, what?
    Clever UG is clever, they fixed the headline mistake. Anyway, I'm still hoping that Sabbath and Bill will solve their issues. Sometimes you can't wait too much for a reunion... (Pink Floyd for an example).
    Hope he joins back, although the replacement aint' so bad himself in my opinion!