Thursday, March 21, 2019

VIDEO: Bill Ward performs Black Sabbath classic at Ultimate Jam Night tribute to Randy Rhoads

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward (center) at Ultimate Jam Night

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward performed the band’s 1971 classic, “Children Of The Grave”, at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles as part of an Ultimate Jam Night tribute to guitarist Randy Rhoads on March 19.

Video is streaming from the event, which marked the 37th anniversary of the passing of the late Ozzy Osbourne rocker with a full set performance of his last concert, a March 18, 1982 show at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, TN; the following day, Rhoads was killed in a plane accident in Leesburg, FL at the age of 25.

According to, “Children Of The Grave” was the closing tune of the regular set during Rhoads’ last concert with Osbourne as part of the Diary Of A Madman tour; it was followed by the lone encore of Sabbath’s 1970 signature tune, “Paranoid.”

Hosted by The Sweet’s Paulie Z and featuring appearances by Kelle and Kathy Rhoads, Ward performed at the tribute evening alongside an all-star lineup that included bassist James LoMenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society), guitarist Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, I Am Morbid, Metal Church), and vocalist Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill, Day Of Errors), among others.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a unique free, live unrehearsed program that presents a rotating cast of some of music’s greatest names; for more details, visit

Ward chose to sit out the Black Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the companion farewell tour over contractual issues in what became a very nasty public spat with Osbourne, his longtime friend and the band’s frontman.

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