This past weekend’s edition of legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward‘s radio show “Rock 50” was the second of a three-month celebration of his 70th birthday. You can now watch highlights of the program below.
Ward, who officially turned 70 on May 5, was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after. He later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.
It was rumored that SABBATH wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, which he allegedly balked at.
Asked in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine if he would be in shape right now to rejoin BLACK SABBATH, Ward responded: “Absolutely, yeah. I have no doubt in my mind. I know that they’ve suggested that I played half the gig, and I don’t want to play half the gig. I’m quite capable of playing a complete fucking BLACK SABBATH set. So this health thing has been bandied around, and it’s true that I have heart disease, and it’s true that I did get sick a couple of years after the fact. But when the health card is being thrown around, the bottom line is that I really tried to take care of myself. Every day, I always look at the day and say, ‘Could I have played a gig today no matter what’s going on with me?’ And the answer is always, ‘Yes.’ I’m much harder on me than those guys could ever be.”
Ward in 2015 released his first solo album in 18 years. Titled “Accountable Beasts”, the record can be purchased on iTunes.
Bill‘s latest project, DAY OF ERRORS, released its first two songs, “Day Of Errors” and “Blaspheming At Creation”, in November.
DAY OF ERRORS was forced to cancel its West Coast tour in December after Ward was hospitalized with heart problems.