We like a massive feud as much as the next person – after all, ridiculous band-drama is our bread and butter here at Thrash Hits – but this ongoing Bill Ward/Black Sabbath situation is really starting to get ridiculous. As soon as we’ve posted one missive from a band member on the situation, another one pops up. And being the (ir)responsible website that we are, we have to keep posting them.
Firstly, it’s turned out that the removal of Bill Ward from Black Sabbath’s website was a result of Bill Ward requesting they be taken down, on the excuse that he didn’t want to mislead fans about his presence in the reunion. O-kay, kinda weird, but understandable. Then last night, Bill Ward issued this latest statement via his official Facebook page as a response to Geezer Butler’s blog post on the Sabbath drummer situation. Jeez:
Dear Sabbath Fans and Musicians,
I have read Geezer’s statement of May 19, 2012 titled “Heavy Heart.” Out of respect for the Birmingham gig, I wanted to wait 24 hours before releasing this statement. There are some points he brought up which I want to respond to.
1) I had indeed notified Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, well before my first public statement, that I was having contractual difficulties.
2) I came out into a public forum to be accountable to the fans primarily, and to say at a public level there’s a problem. The band members stopped talking and corresponding with me some time ago, with the exception of a nice letter from Tony on my birthday. Prior to that, Geezer and I were corresponding, but that stopped abruptly in late February after I emailed a specific question to him.
3) In my statement of May 15, I clearly stated I would play Birmingham for free. That was not a problem – charity or otherwise.
4) My Download fee was not an extravagant amount. Originally, when Download was part of a full tour, I had asked for a decent fee. More recently, as we were negotiating just Download/Birmingham and Lollapalooza, I told my attorney that I would accept the proposed small Download fee, but there were other parts of the offer that were unsatisfactory.
I will continue to be honest and respectful towards the band and our fans. I will also confront any untruths about me, and any fault finding missions aimed at me that come to my attention.
I hope the band and the fans had a good gig in Brum.
Stay safe/stay strong.
Seriously guys, we get it – you’re all old, you’re all entrenched in your positions, it’s all about the money, and none of you want to be “the bad guy”. But guess what? You all are. Please either a) get your shit together, or b) shut the fuck up about this giant, contractual clusterfuck. At the very least, we’re running out of ways to frame your ever-increasingly rambling press releases.