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Tony Iommi Explains Why Black Sabbath Ended Negotiations With Bill Ward

Black Sabbath are getting ready for their new '13' album, a disc that is noticeably missing original drummer Bill Ward. The drummer held out of the band's reunion, citing a contract dispute, and while there was hope that something could be worked out, ultimately guitarist Tony Iommi says the band had to move on.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Fallout with Bill Ward: ‘He Couldn’t Remember What the F— We Were Doing’

Last year, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward took his exit from the band's reunion plans. Ward had cited an "unsatisfactory contract" as the reason for his departure, but in a new interview, Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne says Ward was unable to meet the physical and mental demands that come with performing a full set behind the kit.

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Bill Ward Hopes for Return to Black Sabbath

The year of 2012 was supposed to find a reunited Black Sabbath playing festivals all over the world. But due to guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with cancer and drummer Bill Ward's absence because of a contract dispute, they only played three shows, all minus the band's original stickman.

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Ozzy Osbourne Says Black Sabbath Contract Disagreement With Bill Ward Never Got Heated

Bill Ward is not part of the Black Sabbath reunion, but Ozzy Osbourne reiterated that there's still a chance things could work out because the relationship during the disagreement never turned bitter.

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Former Black Sabbath Vocalist Tony Martin Shares His Views on Bill Ward Debacle

With Black Sabbath recently parting ways with original drummer Bill Ward, former Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin has just weighed in on the issue.

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Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne Says Door Is Still Open for Drummer Bill Ward

In a recent interview about the band's headlining spot at this year's Download Festival, Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler shed some light on their turmoil with original drummer Bill Ward. Although Iommi described the conflict as a "nonsense" battle between lawyers, Ozzy stated the the door is still open for Ward if he would want to return.

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Bill Ward Issues Response to Geezer Butler’s Letter as Black Sabbath Drama Continues

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.

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Black Sabbath Issue Statement About Removal of Bill Ward From Photos

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.

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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.

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Black Sabbath React to Bill Ward’s ‘Statement’

Black Sabbath are taking the high road after Bill Ward's recent lengthy statement about his non-participation in their reunion.

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