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Bill Ward: 'I Was Not Offered Place At Final Black Sabbath Show'


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The percussionist has been embroiled in a long-running war-of-words with his former colleagues after he was left out of their 2012 reunion, which produced hit album 13 and a successful world tour.

The band is currently travelling the globe on a farewell tour, and bassist Geezer Butler recently suggested Ward had been offered the chance to rejoin them for their last ever show.

"We'd love him to come on at the very last gig and be part of the whole thing, but he didn't want to do that," Butler told Radio.com. "And I understand: I wouldn't want to be asked to come out just for the last gig. It's a shame, but that's the way it is."

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Bill Ward - The 2015 TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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The TV Choice Awards

Bill Ward - The 2015 TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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Black Sabbath Announce Plans For Their Last Ever Tour


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Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath have announced details of what they claim will be their “final tour” early next year.

Billed in the band’s press release as “the final tour from the greatest metal band of all time”, ‘The End’ tour covers a number of North American cities. It kicks off in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20th 2016 and ends on February 25th at New York’s Madison Square Garden, having taken in 17 dates on the way. There will then be seven dates in Australia and New Zealand running from April 15th-30th.

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Black Sabbath Launch The End Tour Without Bill Ward


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The trio has launched artwork, a video and information about what will be the band's last international trek, billed as The End, and Ward's name isn't mentioned.

The drummer refused to be a part of the Sabbath reunion in 2012 over contractual issues and now he's demanding an apology from Ozzy over comments he made about his former bandmate's abilities before he'll consider a comeback for a farewell tour - but it looks as if the group will hit the road for a final run of shows without him.

The group's The End shows will begin in Omaha, Nebraska on 20 January (16) and wind through North America with stops at The Forum in Los Angeles and New York's fabled Madison Square Garden. The band will then head to Australia and New Zealand for concerts in April (16). More dates will be announced in October (15).

Bill Ward Blames Sharon Osbourne For Black Sabbath Absence


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The British rocker dropped out of a full reunion of the band's original line-up alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi in 2012, saying he wanted a "signable contract" that "reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band".

As a result Ward was not involved when the group released its latest album 13 in 2013, and he has engaged in an increasingly bitter war of words with frontman Osbourne ever since.

Now the percussionist has revealed he blames Osbourne's wife Sharon for the falling out, insisting she has a personal dislike of him which resulted in the contract offer he felt was unfair.

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Bill Ward Slams Black Sabbath Comeback Album


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Ward sat out of the band's reunion after failing to agree with management over contract issues and Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi went ahead and recorded a comeback album and toured without him.

He has since clashed with Ozzy over public comments the singer made about his former bandmate's health and abilities - and insists he'll only consider a return to the band if the frontman apologises, and a new contract is worked out.

And now he's going public with his thoughts about his former bandmates' latest album, 13, which hit the top of the charts globally and landed Black Sabbath their first number one in the U.S.

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Bill Ward: 'I'm Still Open To A Black Sabbath Comeback If I Get An Apology And A Signable Contract'


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Ward also wants a "signable contract" before he will agree to hit the road or the studio with Ozzy, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi in 2016.

A full reunion in 2011 fell flat when Ward revealed he could not sign the contract he had been presented with. His decision upset Osbourne, who has spent the last three years publicly criticising his former drummer's abilities and refusing to apologise when Ward asked him to.

Asked if there was any chance Black Sabbath fans could witness a full reunion in 2016 during an appearance on North Carolina's 106.5 WSFL radio station, the drummer said, "If everybody could get on the same page... My page, I've been quite pronounced about my page, which is a signable contract and an apology over certain issues that Ozzy said about me that weren't true. I'd like him to publicly apologise. He said these things at the public level, so I'd like him to publicly apologise.

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Bill Ward: 'I Volunteered To Tell Ozzy He Had Been Fired'


Bill Ward Ozzy Osbourne Black Sabbath

The two old rockers have been at loggerheads ever since drummer Ward pulled out of a Black Sabbath reunion in 2012 over contractual issues. Ozzy subsequently insisted his old pal wasn't fit enough for a planned tour, which has prompted Ward to demand an apology.

And now it seems the feud may date back to 1979, when Ozzy was dismissed from Black Sabbath.

Ward tells the Quietus, "I'm like the f**king janitor in that band. Most of the time I always got the s**t jobs that nobody wanted to do, but at the time, I thought maybe I was the best guy to do it. I kind of volunteered to do it. Up went my hand.

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Bill Ward: 'I Fear Dispute With Ozzy Will Keep Me Out Of All Black Sabbath Reunion Plans'


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Ward refused to be part of the get together, citing contract issues, and he was replaced on Black Sabbath's reunion album, 2013, and tour.

He has since become embroiled in a war of words with Ozzy, who claimed his drummer would not have been fit enough for the reunion.

Ward addressed his former bandmate's remarks earlier this year (15) in an open letter, demanding Ozzy should right wrongs and apologise for what he said. The singer has refused, and now the drummer, who reunited with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (21May15), fears the stand-off will continue for the duration of the Black Sabbath reunion, which will stretch into next year (16) and may include one final album.

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Ozzy: 'Black Sabbath Will Release Final Album In 2016'


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The Paranoid singer reveals he will record new material with Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi for a 2016 album, prior to a farewell tour.

He says, "The plan is that next year, (we'll do) the final Black Sabbath tour and album."

The album will be the follow-up to 2013's 13, which became Black Sabbath's first U.S. number one. It was the band's first album with Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die.

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Bill Ward To Release Two Solo Albums


Bill Ward Black Sabbath Ozzy Osbourne

The percussionist was left out of the rock group's 2012 reunion and world tour, and he recently hit headlines by starting an online feud with his former bandmate Osbourne, demanding an apology from the frontman for casting doubt on his drumming abilities.

Osbourne has so far refused to say sorry to Ward, and the drummer has now announced he is moving forward with two solo projects.

Accountable Beasts is due for release this year (15), and Ward will finish the second album, Beyond Aston, after the first hits digital retailers.

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UK Film Premiere Of 'A Thousand Kisses Deep' Held At The Apollo Cinema - Arrivals

Bill Ward and Dougray Scott - Bill Ward, Charlie Webster and Dougray Scott Tuesday 12th June 2012 UK film premiere of 'A Thousand Kisses Deep' held at the Apollo Cinema - Arrivals

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