Following Bill Ward’s lengthy statement detailing why he won’t be joining Black Sabbath for their upcoming concert performances, Black Sabbath have responded with their own much shorter statement.
“We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill’s latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.”
Notably, Sabbath didn’t mention who their “substitute drummer” is, but that won’t remain a secret much longer: the band have a “warmup” gig at England’s O2 Academy on Saturday, and they’re playing the Download Festival in June. Their single U.S. Date is at Lollapalooza in August.
— Brian Ives