Ex Sabbath Tony Martin Calls Ward Feud 'PR Stunt'

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.

Ex Sabbath Tony Martin Calls Ward Feud 'PR Stunt'
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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..."

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    metallimaiden90
    Pol-Pot-Smoker wrote: LOL, the contract was not about the replacement, although Ward cited something like that in an interview, still I've messed things up. Well, here comes the downvotes I guess...
    I only downvoted you because you were anticipating them and I didn't want to disappoint you.
    fdarkbladeus
    Really hope that whatever the situation is they resolve it soon. I love the four men, not just three. The album has to have Bills switches and rhythm. He's a huge part of what I love. A quarter of it!
    Creepingdeth89
    This headline has purposely mis-quoted the statement. He didn't directly say that it was a PR stunt, he was just saying that it could be for any reason at all as it is a pretty confusing situation because we don't really know the specifics other than that there was a disagreement in Bills contract.
    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    metallimaiden90 wrote: Pol-Pot-Smoker wrote: LOL, the contract was not about the replacement, although Ward cited something like that in an interview, still I've messed things up. Well, here comes the downvotes I guess... I only downvoted you because you were anticipating them and I didn't want to disappoint you.
    Thanks dude! Made my day! But it seriously made my day, I lol'd
    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    LOL, the contract was not about the replacement, although Ward cited something like that in an interview, still I've messed things up. Well, here comes the downvotes I guess...
    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    The thing is that it's not about the money anymore, it's about the playing. Apparently, one of the contracts said something about Ward being replaced by other drummer in the middle of the tour. Bill didn't want to play in a concert and not in other, leaving thousands of fans with a simple "replacement" of him, so he left.
    UniformRecon
    If it was a PR stunt, then that would be a quite the dick move depriving the O2 Arena's audience Bill Ward simply for the sake of publicity.