Teri Saccone of The Rock 'N' Roll Cook blog recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
The Rock 'N' Roll Cook: Bill, what are your favorite food memories from the earliest days of BLACK SABBATH?
Bill Ward: When we first started out, we all lived together and we shared our meals. We'd eat rice with curry sauce. We'd have one plate and the four of us would share that. We were extremely poor at the time, borderline starving. That curry dish would be a daily meal for us and we loved it. It's a great memory and it shows a sense of unity the band had at the time. We'd share what food we had. That was a bonding experience.
The Rock 'N' Roll Cook: You've been a vegan (no meat, dairy or animal products) for quite a long time now. As a drummer, do you find that you have more stamina eating vegan?
Bill Ward: Oh yeah. Every year when I get my health checks they come out better and better. I'm 61 but my cholesterol levels are really good. As a matter of fact, I had a heart attack 11 years ago. The doctor asked me if I was on a special diet afterwards when I was in intensive care and I told him I didn't eat meat or fish. He said that my diet may have helped save my life and got me through my heart attacks as my cholesterol levels were so good. He told me to stick with this lifestyle. But this lifestyle suits me. I don't feel I'm taking the moral high ground, telling people to stop eating animals because I've done it. It just works for me.
Read the entire interview and see more pictures at The Rock 'N' Roll Cook blog.
Photo credit: Christopher Wagner (more pictures at The Rock 'N' Roll Cook blog)