Loudwire.com’s Graham “Gruhamed” Hartmann reports:
We recently had the pleasure of interviewing former BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL drummer and current KILL DEVIL HILL stickman Vinny Appice. One of the topics we discussed with Appice was the current drama surrounding original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward‘s threat to drop out of the band’s reunion and the rest of Sabbath’s decision to continue without him.
We asked Appice whether or not he would accept Ward’s spot as Black Sabbath’s drummer for the reunion if he got the call.
”Well obviously it would be a hard thing to go, ‘Nah, I don’t wanna do it,’” laughs Appice. “First of all it’s not just the opportunity. I love Tony and I love Geezer. I just played with Geezer in December at a Dimebag benefit – me and him played ‘The Mob Rules’.”
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Earlier this week, OZZY OSBOURNE’s wife/manager Sharon Osbourne responded to internet rumors that she “fired” Bill Ward, after he announced last week that he could not participate in the band’s recording sessions in Birmingham until a “singable contract is drawn up.”
Osbourne wrote on Twitter: “I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband.”
Bill Ward’s son Aron Ward has posted a lengthy statement on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page about the Black Sabbath “shit storm.” It reads in part as follows:
“The press is spinning this shit storm to read as if my dad has quit. This is not true. The guys know that. That’s why they said the door is always open. My dad hasn’t ‘declined’ playing with Black Sabbath or ‘threatened’ to pull out of this reunion. As he stated his bags are packed and he’s ready to go. He say’s it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. I know he’s been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the UK. When I saw him over the summer he had this little CD case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. Each CD was sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.
About a month ago my dad called me to let me know that Tony had been diagnosed with cancer. He said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the UK and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. He’d been rehearsing more than I’ve ever known him to. Up till about three weeks ago he was working extremely hard and close with the other three on this album/reunion tour. He was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer and Ozzy again. I know if they sort this shit out you guys won’t be disappointed.
I’ve always stayed out of my dad’s business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. Unfortunately it’s become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad so this is for the fucking morons saying…”
Read more on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page.
Fans are rallying around Ward and have launched a new Facebook page dubbed 1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes To Bill Ward.
Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal