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Bill Ward Rips Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I’ve Lost a Friend, As Far As I’m Concerned’

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward talks about recent health struggles and his troubled relationship with singer Ozzy Osbourne.

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Ozzy Osbourne Feared The Worst For Cancer-Stricken Tony Iommi

Ozzy Osbourne didn't expect Tony Iommi to survive his recent bout with lymphoma.

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Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward Calls John Bonham The ‘Finest Rock Drummer’

Co-founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward paid tribute to his contemporary in Led Zeppelin on his 'Rock 50' radio show (embedded above), saying, "If you want to strive toward something, just listen to John Bonham."

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Bill Ward Details Recent Health Setbacks, Current Recovery and Future Projects

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has struggled with a few health issues lately, but the man is healing up and will soon sit behind the kit once again. In a new update from Ward himself, the drummer writes about shoulder surgery, contracting perforated diverticulitis, rehab and when exactly he plans on being back.

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Black Sabbath ‘Far Too Busy’ To Think About Another Album

Most people in their mid-60s are thinking about retirement, but Black Sabbath are riding a wave of popularity and nonstop activity thanks to the success of last year's album '13.' The disc was so well received that fans want to know if and when the band will record another album.

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20 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Cross Purposes’

"Good grief! What now?"

One can't help but presume that words to that effect probably passed the lips of several people within the Black Sabbath organization, as they considered the options available to them before getting to work on the heavy metal legends' seventeenth studio album, ‘Cross Purposes,’ which eventually saw the light of day 20 years ago today.

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Black Sabbath Optimistic About Another Album

Black Sabbath have been fairly non-committal about their next album, choosing to be cautious rather than pinning down specific plans, but those hoping for more music after the '13' success story can get a little excited about comments they made at the Grammy Awards, where they won the trophy for Best Metal Performance ('God Is Dead?').

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Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath Win Rock, Metal Grammys

Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin each won an award at the Grammys' annual Pre-Telecast Ceremony this evening. Which is something that probably should have happened in 1974, but whatever we'll take it.

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Classic Black Sabbath Albums Finally Made Available via iTunes

For fans who like to get their music online, iTunes is one of the leading providers, but even the download giant has a few noticeable gaps in their catalog. One of those gaps has now been filled as for the first time, the full catalog from the original Black Sabbath lineup is now available digitally.

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Black Sabbath and Converse Team Up for Footwear Collection

When it comes to band merchandise, t-shirts and hoodies are pretty standard. Every band has those. Lately, a few bands have been unveiling their own lines of footwear. Making the newest entry into the shoe business are the legendary Black Sabbath, who are collaborating with Converse for a line of various sneakers.

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Kid Band Performs Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ – Best of YouTube

The kid band Motion Device are one talented group! 10-year-old singer Sara is even dressed just like Ozzy Osbourne with a white fringe-sleeved shirt, a huge cross on a necklace, and those famous round sunglasses. Meanwhile, the bass player's leather get-up may not appeal to Geezer Butler's vegan lifestyle, but she certainly brings the metal!

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler on Bill Ward: ‘We Desperately Wish That It Had Worked With Him’

Black Sabbath have had a monster year in 2013, but it almost didn't happen at all. On top of guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis, original drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the Sabbath reunion due to contractual issues. Although Black Sabbath have captured success with Brad Wilk in the studio and Tommy Clufetos on tour, both Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have reiterated that they wished it had all worked out with Ward.

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