I wish this would end. I honestly do.
I wish the Black Sabbath dudes would come to their senses, and just get Bill Ward back in the fold and put all this ugliness behind them. Truly.
Ward — who is sitting out Black Sabbath’s reunion, citing unsatisfactory contract terms — has issued a statement in response to one released by Geezer Butler the other day.
“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 [Osbourne], Tony [Iommi] 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.”
This is just so wrong on so many levels, and I, for one, have had enough.
Boycott the Sabbath reunion until Bill is back, people.
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