Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has hit out at his reunited bandmates over allegations suggesting he asked for too much money to be part of their 2012 get together.
Ward pulled out of Saturday night's (19May12) reunion show in the band's native Birmingham - a warm-up for their upcoming Lollapalooza concert - citing ongoing contract issues for his decision, and, in a letter to fans last week (ends18May12), he also scrapped plans to reteam with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi for two festival shows at Download in the U.K. and Lollapalooza in America.
And he has fuelled the war of the words with his former pals after releasing a new statement on his website, venting his fury at remarks made by bassist Butler.
It reads, "I have read Geezer’s statement of May 19, 2012 titled 'Heavy Heart.' Out of respect for the Birmingham gig, I wanted to wait 24 hours before releasing this statement. There are some points he brought up which I want to respond to. I had indeed notified Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, well before my first public statement, that I was having contractual difficulties...
"In my statement of May 15, I clearly stated I would play Birmingham for free. That was not a problem - charity or otherwise. My Download fee was not an extravagant amount. Originally, when Download was part of a full tour, I had asked for a decent fee. More recently, as we were negotiating just Download/Birmingham and Lollapalooza, I told my attorney that I would accept the proposed small Download fee, but there were other parts of the offer that were unsatisfactory.
"I will continue to be honest and respectful towards the band and our fans. I will also confront any untruths about me, and any fault finding missions aimed at me that come to my attention."
The Black Sabbath trio has recruited Osbourne's longtime drummer Tommy Clufetos for the reunion shows.