Black Sabbath have hired a replacement drummer for their upcoming shows.
The heavy metal legends have announced their plans to find a new drummer for their future shows after original drummer Bill Ward confirmed he would not be performing with the bands reunion as he was unable to agree to a contract.
The band released a statement saying, "We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story.”
"We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download."
The former drummer stated that he was only booked to perform three songs and their homecoming show in Birmingham.
"I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs," Ward said.
Black Sabbath will be playing a homecoming gig at Birmingham’s 02 Academy on May 19 and will also be headlining this summer’s Download Festival on June 8 and 10.