Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Original Black Sabbath drummer issues health update

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has issued a health update to fans following a rough few months last fall.

“I hope you’re well,” Ward posted on Facebook. “I’m re-starting the radio show on Saturday, February, 15, 2014. As many of you know, I’ve been in hospital for a while (our last radio show was in August 2013). I had a final operation on January 7, 2014, and I’m very pleased to say that a positive outcome has prevailed. I’m healing slowly and surely.”

“On September 18, 2013, I thought I’d take advantage of the down time and have a right shoulder repair surgery,” he continued. “Four days after that surgery, I had the perforated diverticulitis. I’m mentioning the shoulder surgery because approximately two weeks ago, we finally started the shoulder rehab. It’ll be about six weeks before the frozen joints can be workable again. I’m hoping to be playing drums by mid-March 2014. I want to start back in with jam sessions with a jazz quartet, something softer before I start slamming again.”

On January 23, Ward was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2014 in Santa Ana, California – check out his acceptance speech here.

Ward declined to participate in the Black Sabbath reunion tour and the “13” album over a contractual dispute. The group recorded with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, while Ozzy Osbourne’s solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, has been handling live dates.

Ward has been actively promoting his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm, “Absence Of Corners.”

See also:

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