Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has reiterated his desire to play with the reformed metal band admitting “If there is some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I’d like to be part of it”.
As part of the ‘Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal’ six-part series presented by Vice, Bill Ward speaks to presenter Jesse Hughes about all things Sabbath.
Bill Ward told Eagles of Death metal man Jesse Hughes, who is presenting the show; "I wanna play hard rock music. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry. I love playing with Oz. And I love playing with Tony. When Tony opens up with huge chords man, I still get the same shiver up my back than I did when we were eighteen year old kids.”
The admission comes after a summer in which original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi reformed to play shows in their hometown Birmingham, as well as the Download and Lollapalooza festivals.
Back in May this year Ward addressed Black Sabbath fans as he revealed he would not be joining the band for their shows. In a long statement, the drummer explained that he had not been offered a “signable contract.” He clarified “my criteria for a ‘signable’ contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.
The Vice series explores “the scuffed soul and frayed underbelly of ‘Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal” as presenter Hughes meets the bands, roadies, journalists, groupies, designers and super fans who were all there the first time around.
Watch the full documentary below.