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Drummer Bill Ward removed from Black Sabbath website

WENN

All images of Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward have been erased from the band's website after he announced he will not be taking part in any upcoming live get togethers.

Ward pulled out of Saturday night's reunion show in the band's native Birmingham -- a warm-up for their upcoming Lollapalooza concert -- citing ongoing contract issues for his decision, and, in a letter to fans last week, he also scrapped plans to reteam with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi for all their planned 2012 reunion shows.

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And now, according to his wishes, he has been temporarily brushed out from past photos of the band on the official website.

A spokeswoman for Black Sabbath says, "At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward's images from the main pages of the blacksabbath.com official website.

"In accordance with Bill Ward's attorney's request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows."

At Saturday night's O2 Academy Birmingham reunion, Osbourne's regular drummer Tommy Clufetos sat in for Ward, suggesting he will replace the Black Sabbath drummer.

Much of the sold out crowd's focus was on Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma at the beginning of 2012, and fans started chanting his name as the group took the stage and kicked off a thrilling show with "Into the Void." Osbourne later referred to his bandmate as "the Iron Man" before the group broke into their classic tune of the same name.

The heavy metal icons wowed the 3,000 fans present for the long-awaited hometown comeback gig with classics like "War Pigs," and "Snowblind" and they ended the set with "Children of the Grave" before returning for a rousing encore of "Paranoid."

Butler, Osbourne and Iommi will now prepare for upcoming festival appearances at Download in England and Lollapalooza in America.

33Comments
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Their all death warmed over and sold out years ago anyways.............. Ozzy is the worst and his children are fat pig children from the grave............. Ha ha ha haaaaaaaa. They need body guards trust me.
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Bill Ward was incredibly unique in percussion as the rest of sabbath were in their own craft.... Nobody could come up with Bills style................ I rate Bill with the primus dude drummer............ Beyond awesome and college teaching material.
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How ****--i--n--g stupid is all that.......... They all turned into the worms they were bucking. Nothing but a bunch of old rich fat nobody's now.
May 21, 2012 1:47PM
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Back Stabbath screwed their friend & original band member Bill Ward for the $ greed $ of  Sharon $ Ozzy  $ Tony $ Geezer. No support from me & thousands of other Fans.
May 21, 2012 8:27AM
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Argh.  Fat old white guys who are living off their past.  Give me a break.  Who cares??

 

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