Bill Ward will not take part in any forthcoming Black Sabbath gigs

The band's estranged drummer is now officially out of their three summer gigs

Bill Ward will not take part in any forthcoming Black Sabbath gigs

Photo: PA

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has confirmed that he will not be taking part in any of the three Black Sabbath shows set for this summer.

The sticksman has released a statement on his website, Billward.com, saying that he will not be playing with the band at their Birmingham show on May 19, nor with them at Download Festival on June 10 or at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3.

Ward had previously revealed he was unhappy with the contract for the band's new album and tour and claimed he would not take part in the new album sessions and shows if a 'fair agreement' was not met. As a result of this, the remaining members of the band vowed to carry on without him.

In his new statement, Ward writes that last month he was offered the chance to play just three songs with the band at Download. He wrote: "I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs."

Ward then said that he was invited to take part in the band's show in Birmingham this Saturday at the O2 Academy, but that there would be no guarantee that he could play the following two festival shows. He explained: "Again, for me, it's all or nothing. I had to say 'no' to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham."

He added: "I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I'm tolerant of them; I'm frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I'll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn't win; the fans for an original line-up don't win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did."'

Read the statement in full at Billward.com.

Read More On This Artist

Black Sabbath Merchandise
More News
Bernard Sumner says working with Peter Hook as 'unbearable in the end'
Metallica's Lars Ulrich attends Royal Blood show and takes them to Mrs. Doubtfire's house
Roger Waters issues angry statement to confirm he does not appear on new Pink Floyd album
SXSW report suggests festival could impose ban on all unofficial events
Alt-J score Number Four album in America and announce Madison Square Garden show
First batch of Glastonbury festival tickets sell out in 14 minutes
Fleetwood Mac play full gig with Christine McVie for first time since 1997
Jamie T covers Townes Van Zandt's 'Waiting 'Round To Die' - listen
Eddie Vedder releases a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'
Cloud Nothings unveil 'New Here In' video – watch
45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Stevie Nicks shares new song 'Mabel Normand'
Crowdfunder campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall raises nearly £100,000 in two days
Darlia to headline Club NME KOKO Halloween Ball
BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims Radio Centre study
Midweek chart update: Jamie T on course for Number One position
David Bowie teases album artwork for 'Nothing Has Changed'
NME readers vote Arctic Monkeys best headliner at this year's festivals
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today