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A piano used by Black Sabbath among many others, from the famous Rockfield Studios just outside Monmouth, UK, is up for sale on eBay. According to the listing:
“This is a rare chance to own a true piece of British rock history. We are reluctantly selling our Grand Piano as it has come to the end of it's life as a recording instrument. It is currently in our recording studio - Monnow Valley Studio - in South Wales. The piano was bought new in the late 1980s from Cranes in Cardiff and has featured on some of the best known records in the world. Most famously, it appeared on the cover of the single which spawned Britpop - Oasis' Supersonic - and was used on their album 'Definitely Maybe', recorded here in 1993. It has been played by the majority of our client list - from The Charlatans, Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics and Simple Minds to Charlie Simpson and Bellowhead... amongst many more"!

Black Sabbath played their first gig of their farewell ("The End") tour on the 20th of January at Omaha, NE, USA. Their set list was quite interesting as it included a couple of rarely performed tracks like "Tomorrow's Dream" and "Hand of Doom". As a matter of fact the latter wasn't performed by Sabbath since 1978! Here's the complete set list:
Black Sabbath
Fairies Wear Boots
Tomorrow's Dream
Into The Void
Snowblind
War Pigs
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
N.I.B.
Hand of Doom
Rat Salad
Iron Man
Children of the Grave
Dirty Women
Paranoid

07 Jun

BILL WARD RETURNS!

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Estranged BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has helped create a new new three-piece band called DAY OF ERRORS. The group, which was formed by Ward "in the desire to have my drumming spirit continue to live," also features Joe Amodea on guitar/vocals and Nick Diltz on bass/lead vocals.

Ward says: "We play loud, hard, with overtures of gut-kicking heavy, heavy parts."

BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) reunited with their estranged

26 Jan

THE ADAMANT BILL WARD

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BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler says that the band's original drummer, Bill Ward, was offered an opportunity to join the group at the final concert of its farewell tour, but that Ward declined, because "he wants to do the whole tour or nothing."

Ward has insisted in recent interviews that he was quite capable of playing a full concert with SABBATH, despite the bandmembers themselves saying the opposite. Ward stepped away from the SABBATH reunion in early 2012, while the group hinted that he was not in good enough physical shape to either record or tour.

Asked if there is a possibility that Ward could join them for a few songs at their final U.S. concert on September 16 in Phoenix, Butler told Radio.com: "It's been mentioned to him. But he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing. 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. 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."

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne


has responded to an "open letter" by the band's original drummer Bill Ward in which Ward said he would not consider rejoining the band unless Ozzy publicly apologized for what Ward perceived as a series of insults.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Ozzy said: "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly.

"Wow, Bill, what the fuck are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during SABBATH's '13' album and tour — physically, you knew you were fucked. Tony [Iommi, guitar], Geezer [Butler, bass] and myself didn't think you could have done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition, we felt that time was not on our side.

"Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside, you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour.

"Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.

"Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand.

"God bless you.

"Love, Ozzy"

16 Apr

BILL WARD VS OZZY

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Exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward


has lashed out at his former bandmates for attacking him with “nothing but insults and false remarks” since his contentious separation from the group back in 2012.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Ward singles out Ozzy Osbourne in particular, declaring that the singer’s “rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord.” In May of 2012, Osbourne declared that Ward couldn’t remember his drum parts, and wasn’t in shape to handle the band’s 2013 world tour: “He was so out of condition, and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band.”
Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler wound up recording the band’s reunion album 13 with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk taking Ward’s spot, and toured behind the record with Tommy Clufetos from Osbourne’s solo band sitting behind the kit.
The group is reportedly discussing one last studio album and a farewell tour, but Ward says he “will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved.” He also re-states his demand for a “signable” contract, which was the issue that he says caused him to opt out of the reunion in the first place.

Tony Iommi revealed to Australia's "The Music" that he hopes to work again with ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin in new material recording to be included in "TYR" and "Headless Cross" reissues. "We've held back on the reissues of those albums because of the current Sabbath thing, but they will certainly be happening," Iommi said. "I'd like to do a couple of new tracks for those releases with Tony Martin," he added. "I'll also be looking at working on 'Cross Purposes' (1994) and 'Forbidden' (1995)". Just a reminder the two Tony's met a couple of months ago at the unveiling of a Cozy Powell honorary plaque and the singer mentioned the possibility of this collaboration. Can't wait!

07 Sep

IOMMI: THIS IS THE END

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BLACK SABBATH last week announced the first details of a world tour that is being billed as

Tony Iommi says that it was "really strange" to be "saying goodbye" to his BLACK SABBATH bandmates after the completion of the group's farewell tour.
SABBATH finished its year-long "The End" farewell tour on February 4 in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career with an emotional 15-song set.
Speaking to Red Carpet News TV at this past Monday's (June 12) Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, England, Iommi stated about SABBATH's final performances: "I think the whole tour, for us, was great, but the last shows were — because we knew they were gonna be the last shows… it didn't quite sink in properly until sort of afterwards. And even afterwards, because we'd done three days of filming after that for the DVD, so we were still together. But after the three days of filming, that was weird, because we were saying goodbye to each other, and it was really strange. But to see the crowd on those last shows was spectacular. There was people from all over the world and all the emotions coming out. I mean, you could see it from where we were. [It was] fantastic."

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