Black Sabbath fans should brace themselves. It seems as though the band has been thrown a major curve ball with their upcoming reunion plans. Want to know more? Then read on for the details.
In a major blow to Black Sabbath’s reunion plans, the band has announced it will now play just one European show, at the U.K.’s Download Festival in June. Due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s ongoing treatment for lymphoma, the remaining European shows will be billed as Ozzy & Friends, featuring Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and longtime Ozzy collaborator Zakk Wylde, as well as select special guests, including Slash.
An official statement on the changes makes no mention of the band’s reunion album with producer Rick Rubin, which presumably remains on track. However, this is the latest stumbling block for reunion plans that have been hampered by Iommi’s illness and an ongoing spat with original drummer Bill Ward, who is currently out of the picture after demanding the band present him with a “signable” contract.
For those who don’t know earlier this month Bill Ward shocked fans when he released a letter saying he wouldn’t not participate in the band’s reunion until he was presented with a “signable” contract that “reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.” Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler responded with their own letter, though they didn’t address the issue of Ward’s contract. “We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans,” they wrote. “We have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open.”
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