Irate BLACK SABBATH Fans Launch Online Petition To Get Drummer BILL WARD Back

May 20, 2004

Irate BLACK SABBATH fans upset over drummer Bill Ward's exclusion from the group's upcoming reunion at Ozzfest 2004 have launched an online petition to "allow" Bill to play with the band this summer. Once the petition closes on June 20, it will be mailed to Ozzfest founder Sharon Osbourne. To view the petition and/or to add your name, click here.

As previously reported, Ward, who played with the band a for 2001 reunion gig, will be replaced by Osbourne's solo act drummer Mike Bordin for the upcoming tour, which kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Conn.

Ward wrote on his web site he received a proposal last week "where the only answer was yes or no," with no room for negotiation. He answered the proposal by saying he was sad to have to decline.

Ward said what he didn't say is he's willing to be flexible, willing to compromise, willing to negotiate and willing to play.

"BLACK SABBATH is, and always will be an important priority in my life," Ward wrote on his site. "I support Geezer's, Tony's and Ozzy's decisions to move ahead into Ozzfest '04 without me."

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