After original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward bailed out of the band's reunion in early 2012, the seminal heavy metal act were forced to find a new drummer for both the recording of '13' and the band's touring plans. Sabbath quickly locked down their replacements for Ward, but according to drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Asia), he was asked to join Black Sabbath.
Whenever original drummer Bill Ward is brought up during a Black Sabbath interview, an additional little chunk of information on Ward's departure from the band's reunion tends to surface. In this particular interview with Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, the vocalist revealed that he doesn't believe Bill Ward deserved an equal split of Black Sabbath's earnings.
Black Sabbath are finally able to enjoy the fruits of their reunion. Well over a year-and-a-half after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first announced a new album and world tour, Sabbath have now accomplished both, but without Ward. There has been much discussion over Ward's departure, but in a new interview with Ozzy Osbourne, the singer questioned Ward's ability to perform a two-hour show each night; labeling the drummer as overweight and pointing out Ward's two past heart attacks.
It was truly unfortunate when original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward announced his departure from the iconic heavy metal band's reunion. Although Ward was not a part of Black Sabbath's '13' album or any of the act's touring since the founding lineup reunited in late 2011, Ward still calls himself "the drummer in Black Sabbath."
The success Black Sabbath are currently experiencing after the release of '13' is pretty spectacular -- so spectacular in fact that fans worldwide are already begging for a follow-up album. Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne is excited about the band's future, even stating in a new interview that he hopes original drummer Bill Ward will return to the band if the time comes to create Black Sabbath's 20th studio album.