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BILL WARD RELEASES NEW MESSAGE TO FANS: DISCUSSIONS WITH BLACK SABBATH ONGOING, SHARON OSBOURNE DID NOT FIRE HIM

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Bill Ward has released a new message regarding the fact that he won’t be participating in the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion due to a failure to come to agreeable contractual terms with the rest of the band. The message follows in full:

Dear Sabbath Fans,

I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.

As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.

Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.

I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.

While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.

Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.

Stay safe, stay strong.

–Bill Ward

The bit about how he “cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward… their various representatives” is, obviously, a rebuttal to the recent rumor that Sharon Osbourne had Ward fired from the band — a rumor Osbourne herself has already denied, and which seemed like BS in the first place. So that oughta settle that.

I’m glad that communication between Ward and the band is ongoing. Hopefully this is resolved in such a way that Ward is abel to re-claim his throne behind Black Sabbath’s drum kid.

-AR

Thanks to Jon for the tip!

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