It’s been a rocky road for Black Sabbath since they announced they would reunite with the original members for a world tour and album. Firstly, Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer, then last week drummer Bill Ward took to Facebook to express his anger over the contract he had been offered.
A source has told Metaltalk that Sharon Osbourne has stepped in and fired Bill Ward and the expected replacement will be Tommy Clufetos from the Ozzy Osbourne band.
Following Bill Ward’s Facebook statement last week, the remaining Sabbath members issued their own statement:
We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans… we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open… We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll… See you at Download!!!
– Tony, Ozzy and Geezer