Posted in metal | music on February 2, 2012

Black Sabbath

Things got a little worse for the reunited Black Sabbath who are already struggling with Tony Iommi's ongoing battle with lymphoma. The band, who is reportedly working on new material and are scheduled to begin touring in May, received an open letter from original drummer Bill Ward who is unahppy with the band's insistence that he sign an "unreasonable contract" (again). He swears though that his "position is not greed-driven." and that he's "not holding out for a 'big piece' of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal." Read it in full below...

LETTER FROM BILL WARD:

Dear SABBATH fans, fellow musicians and interested parties,

At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the BLACK SABBATH album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a 'signable' contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.

Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with [fellow original SABBATH members] Tony [Iommi, guitar], Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] and Geezer [Butler, bass]. And on [November 11, 2011, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference.

Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another 'unsignable' contract was handed to me.

Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with BLACK SABBATH.

Since the news of Tony's illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I've spent every day getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I've tried to find out what's going on with the U.K. sessions, I've realized that I've been getting 'the cold shoulder' (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what'shappening unless I sign 'the unsignable contract.'

The place I'm in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign 'as is,' I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician.

I believe in freedom and freedom of speech.

I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate.

If I'm replaced, I have to face you, the beloved SABBATH fans. I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original BLACK SABBATH lineup as promoted. Without fault finding, I want to assure everyone that my loyalty to SABBATH is intact.
So here I am. I lay my truth down before you. I'm good to go IF I get a 'signable' contract.

I don't want to let anyone down, especially BLACK SABBATH and all the SABBATH fans. You know I love you. It would be a sad day in rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.

My position is not greed-driven. I'm not holding out for a 'big piece' of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I'd like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago.

After the last tour, I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract. I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I've brought to BLACK SABBATH since its beginning.

That's the story so far.

Stay safe and stay strong.

I love every single one of you." -
[via Blabbermouth]

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Comments (45)

Good for him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:35 PM

I blame Sharon Osbourne.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:39 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:41 PM

jees NO ONE FUCKING CARES ABOUT YOUR CONTRACT

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:42 PM

I love Bill Ward, and he deserves respect.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:43 PM

This reunion will never actually happen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:44 PM

@3:41-3:42

You're both clueless assholes with no sense of musical history or appreciation whatsoever. Go suckle your mother's cocks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:48 PM

holy crap, is this retarded. no one needs to hear this. put on an old record and imagine you're at the concert instead.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:49 PM

Given that he doesn't say why the contract is "unisgnable" I'm pretty sure it's about the money.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 3:51 PM

It's about $ and should be. Drummers constantly don't get enough respect. Behind every good rock band there is GREAT drummer. Not as easy as people think.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:03 PM

Good for him. Glad to see him sticking up for what he deserves.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:04 PM

Sounds like some SHARON OSBOURNE BULLSHIT!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:04 PM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:12 PM

yeah quit fucking the drummer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:19 PM

3:48 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:28 PM

They should split it 50:50 all the way around

Oh, and 3:44 is correct

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:32 PM

Anyone see Tool last night in Jersey?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:40 PM

Fuck this, 3:49 is right.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:44 PM

No but I got my tool sucked last night in Williamsburg.

So there's that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:44 PM

This is definitely Sharon Osbourne's doing. Besides exploit Ozzy and fuck Randy Rhoads what has she done?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:48 PM

4:37 forgot to click "Submit."

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:55 PM

I went to Tool. Despite Maynard hiding for the whole show, it was awesome

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 4:59 PM

Saw Tool last night...show was great, Jersey yabbos talked thru every song. Unbelievable. Just hang at the local Hooters if you wanna talk Super Bowl and/or Heineken vs.Guinness, and let everybody else hear the music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 5:32 PM

i think sharon osbourne is svengali-like cunt

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 5:43 PM

I agree 5:32. Had some drunk asshole swaying in front of me and trying to high five everyone around him and everyone who walked by him. But yes, great show. Lateralus was epic...

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 5:44 PM

hold out bill, this is your last chance to cash in.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 5:49 PM

Appice is better anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:20 PM

They shouldn't do a reunion if she is involved and to be frank Ozzy is the weakest link at this point..

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:24 PM

This show's gonna get Draked.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:26 PM

@6:24 its sad but true. Ive kinda wondered from the get-go if this is even a good idea and its starting to look like it may not be. As it stands Black Sabbath are one of the greatest and if remaining that way means not touring or putting out new material then so be it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:32 PM

Mad respect for you Bill holding out for what you deserve ...Ypu always told it like it was even lyrically for Sabbath and you also knew when it was time to leave the band when shit got weak ..and no jab to anyone else in the band but you always struck me as the most intelligent of the group ... Stay strong Bill fuck that Cunt Sharon Osborne. I'd rather there be no "reunion" than one without you !

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:34 PM

It should be in Bill Wards contract that Sharon Osborne has to suck his cock!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 6:41 PM

Looking forward to Lefsetz running with this and Sharon getting fucked over

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 7:20 PM

Wonder if sharon had any part in kicking leah remini & holly robinson peete off the talk.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 7:53 PM

True hailz to Bill Ward! Give this legend and equal contributing partner to those genre defining albums that we love the respect he deserves.

Posted by Crom | February 2, 2012 7:56 PM

Sounds like a Sharon. This is the same woman who didn't want to pay original Ozzy members royalties, so they re-recorded bass and drum tracks on the earlier Ozzy records. Then the fans revolted (didn't buy), and the re-released the originals. That's how the bitch thinks. Out of touch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 9:22 AM

Not to hijack the BS (get it?) news but I heard there was some guy rapping or something during the quiet parts of "Sober" at the Tool show. And I heard it went on seemingly forever. Can someone confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 9:24 AM

RIGHT ON, Bill!!

The letter is an unconventional move, perhaps, but one that I can see the need for. The original four are the one TRUE Sabbath and anything else is not a reunion, in my view.

TRUE Sabbath fans should SPEAK NO ILL on this and let it take it's course.

Posted by THE BONE READER | February 3, 2012 10:40 AM

9:24 - Confirmed. Sober took the place of Ticks & Leeches, which would've been preferred.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 12:14 PM

are people that read this site actually upset about this, or upset because now they can't tell their parents they are going to see that evil metal band black sabbath, a threat which hasn't been relevant in 30 years?

fuck this band.

you don't see Halford crying about shit, and that dude hobbles around on stage like a goblin and still sounds amazing, and outside of admitting he was a fag, hasn't ever had to pull any stupid PR shit to get people to care about what he's doing.

fuck this band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 12:59 PM

i wouldn't go as far as saying fuck "Black Sabbath" that's sacrilege ,,,people do care and are fanatical about them but you have to realize that there are a lot of hands at work here and you have some "evil" people involved and i don't mean devils ghosts and goblins shit ,, but fucking greedy money hungry bitch who is trying to rob the rest of the bands money and dignity because they threw Ozzy out 35 years ago ... i could imagine the stress she is probably injecting into poor Tony Iommi ,, She would probably try to get him to sign over the name Black Sabbath to her on his deathbed if she could...

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 2:07 PM

IS OZZY"S SON INTO SCAT - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 7:07 PM

7:53 - you just made me spit-take my glass of wine. where the fuck did THAT come from?

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 8:22 PM

FUCK YEAH BILL WARD. 2012 IS THE YEAR OF THE DRUMMER GETTING MORE THAN SOME.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2012 4:53 PM

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