Black Sabbath Cut Bill Ward Out of Classic Photos on Updated Website
When original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward finally made the official announcement that he would not be joining the band for what would have been metal’s biggest reunion, the decision seemed to be more business-related instead of personal. However, Black Sabbath have now made the split with Ward very personal, as pictures of the drummer have been removed from the band’s vintage photo gallery.
As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, Black Sabbath unveiled a new background on their website consisting of vintage photos of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Due to some simple cropping however, Bill Ward was removed from the pictures not only for the layout, but in Sabbath’s gallery of classic photos. Although no other former Sabbath members are featured in the gallery, the sudden change after Ward’s open letter and Sabbath’s pleading the fifth has left fans feeling bitter and in some cases, disgusted.
Tom Conley, who runs the Facebook page 1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes to Bill Ward, posted this reaction: “Extracting Bill Ward’s face from all photographs on the website? That is simply one of the most dastardly, chickens–t things I have ever seen done in my 40-some years of watching rock and roll. Definitely the maneuver with the least class, and disrespect.”
Ward’s photos remain on the band’s ‘History‘ page, which still documents Ward’s place in the world of Black Sabbath.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne has also launched a new website, where you’ll be able find the three solitary Black Sabbath live dates, as well as the frontman’s ‘Ozzy & Friends’ show dates.
What do you think of the removal of Bill Ward from the classic Sabbath pictures? It is disrespectful? Or is it no big deal seeing as Bill Ward is not currently a member of Black Sabbath?