Just when we thought it was all done and dusted... more from Bill Ward:
Q: There are so many stories about why you are not playing with Sabbath on the CD (13) as well as with them on tour. Can you set record straight on why you didn’t join in with the reunion?
A: [Laughing] "I was offered a contact and I couldn’t sign it. As for some of the stories – I would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically. So that should answer that one! In the statement that I did last year, I was quite clear that I came to the end of the road and promised myself and my family that I would never sign a contract that was not workable. It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make. Because I absolutely and without question wanted to play. I haven’t left the band. Everybody thinks I have left the band. I didn’t walk out; it wasn’t like that at all! I just didn’t sign the contact and life took its own course."
Q: Ozzy (Osbourne) said he still loves you, and hopes next time around you will be there. Do you think there is any truth to that?
A: "I have a complete open mind to the idea. All the nicety and placations in the world will mean nothing unless I get the right contract."
Q: I heard that they wanted you to come out to play on a few songs each night.
A: "I’m the drummer in Black Sabbath so I want to do the entire show. I play all or nothing.Playing partially would kind of be aligning to my demise in Sabbath and minimize me. I’m the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job."
Sure Bill, sure. You haven't left the band, but you refused to sign the contract that made you part of the band because you wanted more money. That means you're not in the band.
29/10 Saint Vitus
13/11 Judas Priest