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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler on Bill Ward: ‘We Desperately Wish That It Had Worked With Him’

Black Sabbath have had a monster year in 2013, but it almost didn't happen at all. On top of guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis, original drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the Sabbath reunion due to contractual issues. Although Black Sabbath have captured success with Brad Wilk in the studio and Tommy Clufetos on tour, both Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have reiterated that they wished it had all worked out with Ward.

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Drummer Bill Ward Reveals He ‘Can’t Listen’ To Black Sabbath’s ’13’ Album

While the rest of of the world has embraced Black Sabbath's latest album, '13' with open arms, one person who can't bare to listen to the disc is the band's estranged drummer Bill Ward.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Sends Best Wishes to Bill Ward After Drummer’s Recent Surgery

Although original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may be estranged from the pioneering heavy metal band, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi definitely still cares about his former bandmate. Yesterday, we reported that Ward had successfully undergone surgery for diverticulitis. In response to the news, Iommi wished Ward the best via the guitarist's official website.

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Legendary Drummer Bill Ward Undergoes Surgery

Drummer Bill Ward, who is currently sitting out Black Sabbath's reunion over a contractual conflict, recently spent some of his downtime undergoing surgery. Ward required surgery after suffering a perforated diverticulitis that needed to be addressed.

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Bill Ward Recalls Wrecking His Car While Listening to Beatles Classic

Ever have one of those moments where everything syncs together perfectly? It turns out that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had one of those moments during a near-death experience.

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Scott Gries / Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

Bill Ward vs. Nicko McBrain – Greatest Metal Drummer, Quarterfinals

A classic matchup starts out the quarterfinal round of our Greatest Metal Drummer tournament, with Black Sabbath legend Bill Ward taking on Iron Maiden mainstay Nicko McBrain.

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Bill Ward vs. Clive Burr
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Bill Ward vs. Clive Burr – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 2

In a battle of Black Sabbath drummers, the band's original skin basher Bill Ward defeated Vinny Appice in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Drummer competition...

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Drummer: Tony Iommi Wanted Me to Replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath

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.

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Kevin Winter / Paul Kane, Getty Images

Bill Ward vs. Vinny Appice – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

This one is an intriguing matchup. In one corner, we have Black Sabbath founding member Bill Ward. The human octopus provided the backbone for the pioneers of heavy metal...

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Drummer Bill Ward on New Art Project, Recent Support From Black Sabbath Fans + More

 recently recorded and released their first album in decades, and are currently on tour. But the so-called “reunion” is missing one original member, drummer Bill Ward, who did not participate in the album or tour due to a contract dispute.

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