This Sunday, most of the original members of Black Sabbath will headline the closing night of the Download Festival.
It will be the second 2012 Sabbath show for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, who were joined by drummer Tommy Clufetos recently for an intimate homecoming show in Birmingham that doubled as a warm-up to Download.
Earlier this year, original drummer Bill Ward announced that he was unwilling to participate in the planned Sabbath reunion due to a contractual dispute.
You can read Ward’s original statement here and a recent update here.
"We've tried everything with Bill at the moment, and it's just not happening," Iommi tells the NME. "Our legal people are dealing with his legal people. It's all nonsense. We haven't actually heard from Bill, any of this stuff. It's all been through his lawyers."
"The door is open," added Ozzy. "As far as I know, his requests were very unreasonable. Nothing would have been better [than] if he would have been [willing to play with us]. I don't know. I don't deal with the business."
Black Sabbath – Behind The Wall Of Sleep
Olympia Theater – Paris, FR – December 20, 1970
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