The Black Sabbath reunion remains in limbo, as drummer Bill Ward continues his negotiations with band management to secure a a contract that he can live with while also respecting his role as one of the founders of the legendary metal pioneers.
A Sabbath world tour is scheduled to start May 18 in Moscow.
Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are in the UK working on material for their reunion album with producer Rick Rubin, and have said that they will move forward with the recording and tour whether Ward participates or not.
It’s been a few weeks since anything has been made public on the reunion issues, and Ward has now come forward to share an update – with the following post on his website:
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.
Black Sabbath – N.I.B.
Olympia Theater – Paris, FR – December 20, 1970
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