Original BLACK SABBATH
drummer Bill Ward
— who in May announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for their scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute — was interviewed for "Black Sabbath And The Birth Of Heavy Metal"
, a six-part series presented by Vice
Speaking about his relationship with the other members of SABBATH
and his future plans, Ward
told EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
frontman Jesse Hughes
, who is presenting the show (see video below), "There have been some very uncomfortable situations in the last six months. We'll see how that works out. But I stand for myself today. As much as I love them…
"I'll always play; that's my life."
He added, "If there's some longevity with BLACK SABBATH
, then I'd like to be a part of it.
"I wanna play hard rock music. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry
bassist Geezer Butler
], I love playing with Ozz
singer Ozzy Osbourne
] and I love playing with Tony
guitarist]. When Tony
opens up with huge chords, I still get the same shiver up my back that I got when we were 18-year-old kids. It ain't gone away. It's still there.
"I feel really, really fortunate to have been able to have music in my heart and my soul."Ward
allegedly had his lawyers direct SABBATH
to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official BLACK SABBATH
web site "so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current BLACK SABBATH
lineup," according to a statement issued by the band's publicist.
Bassist Geezer Butler
issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward
"hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public."
Until now, Iommi
told The Pulse Of Radio
a while back that the members of SABBATH
stayed friendly even when there were legal or other issues going on. "We've always been talking. We've always been in touch with each other," he said. "There might be a lawsuit in the thing between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing's happened, you know."Ozzy
are working on their first new album together in 33 years.
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."