Unless they've been living under a rock for the past four or so months, most ardent metal heads are no doubt aware of the ongoing disagreements between the reunited Black Sabbath and original drummer Bill Ward. Ward declined to join the band's reunion, announced last November, because he was given a contract that he deemed "unsignable," meaning that Ozzy Osbourne band sticksman Tommy Clufetos has taken over drumming duties.
Now one time Sabbath front man Tony Martin has offered his two cents on the proceedings, speculating that Ward's no-show may be a PR stunt, as Classic Rock reports:
"I don't get it. I really don't. I've heard all the stories, and not once did anyone ever speak badly of Bill. They've never had a bad thing to say about him. They've always rated him. He's had his little moments like we all have, but basically they love him. I don't understand why they didn't give him time to get his thing together. He may have been out of the band for a long time, but set up some rehearsal or something go and help him out.
"It seems a bit like a publicity stunt in that they's saying, Well, we can't be bothered to go and do any rehearsals to get him to learn all the stuff again, so let's keep him for another time so we can have another reunion later on. A bit like a publicity stunt in that way. But I don't know I wasn't privy to any of the conversations and I haven't seen the contracts they were talking about. So I can't say for sure, but I just don't get it."
In an interview in the Times magazine over the weekend, both Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne expressed that they would be open for Bill Ward to return to the fold:
Ozzy:"There was no row, there was no argument. The door ain't closed, whether we work something out up the road, I don't know."
Iommi: "It's not a personal thing 'If he phoned us up tomorrow, which he hasn't, but if he did..."