BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward paid tribute to the late Alvin Lee of TEN YEARS AFTER on the latest edition of "LA Radio Sessions". Ward remembered how supportive Lee was in the early days of BLACK SABBATH, saying: "I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Alvin Lee for everything that he brought to the world [and] just speaking for myself on a personal level, thank you again, Alvin, for what you brought to me, for what you validated, for what you showed me as a fellow musician and for some of the fun that we had — and we did have some fun." He added in a statetement: "You were one of a kind. Your music rocked with passion, force, excitement; brave in risk, bringing this listener to the point of 'wowism.'"
You can hear the entire tribute using the audio player below.
Alvin Lee passed away on March 6 after complications following a routine surgical procedure.
Bill Ward hosts a monthly show, "Rock 50", which airs on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California.
Ward is sitting out BLACK SABBATH's reunion over a contractual dispute. The three other original members — Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler — are joined on their upcoming studio album, "13", by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, who may or may not tour with them as well.
Bill Ward's tribute to Alvin Lee (audio):