After Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler penned an open letter to fans yesterday (May 19) in response to drummer Bill Ward's own letter a few days earlier, Ward responded to Butler's letter earlier today (May 20). It's the latest in the ongoing saga surrounding Ward's departure from the legendary metal band.
After images of drummer Bill Ward were removed from vintage and classic Black Sabbath photos posted in a background layout and a gallery on the band's updated website caused a media frenzy, the band has issued a short statement via their publicist about the creative cropping and skilled photo editing. Turns out they were acting on a request from Ward via his lawyer.
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.
After an incredibly drawn out and heartbreaking process, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has announced to his fans that he will officially not be participating in the Sabbath reunion shows. The legendary drummer wrote a detailed explanation regarding his decision, adding, "I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this."
With all the controversy surrounding Bill Ward and his current exit from Black Sabbath's lineup, the drummer has penned an open letter to fans explaining that he has not declined to participate in the reunion, as has been widely reported. He goes onto say that he's 'hopeful' that a solution can be reached and that he can rejoin the band.
We reported yesterday (Feb. 2) that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward posted a statement threatening to withdraw from the band's reunion plans due to a what he deemed a series of "unsignable" contracts. Now, the rest of the band has announced that they will proceed with their reunion plans with or without Ward in the lineup.