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Bill Ward Threatens to Delay New Black Sabbath Album and Tour

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Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward says on his website that he may not participate in the recording of the band’s reunion album or in the planned world tour to support the release.

Ward says he’s not happy about the contract he’s been asked to sign about his involvement in the project.

“I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour,” he writes.  “However, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up — a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.”

Ward hasn’t even left his home in Los Angeles to join the band in England.  They have moved the writing and recording sessions there to help accomodate Tony Iommi’s with his recent lymphoma diagnosis.  He also complains that he hasn’t been kept informed about how the album is progressing, adding that since he refused to sign the most recent agreement presented to him, he feels like he’s “been getting ‘the cold shoulder’” from the rest of the group.

“The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on.  If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician.”

Ward further insists, “I’m good to go if I get a ‘signable’ contract,” while declaring, “I don’t want to let anyone down, especially Black Sabbath and all the Sabbath fans.  You know I love you.”

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