Bill Ward has today made a statement regarding the Black Sabbath siatuation and says that he is still hopeful that the reunion will go ahead with him fully on board.
Apparently the contract is now being re-negotiated and this is the biggest sign so far that the situation can be resolved and that the reunion tour can go ahead with all four original members. Bill's statement is below in full.
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"Dear Sabbath Fans,
"I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.
"As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.
"Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.
"I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.
"While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.
"Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.
"Stay safe, stay strong.
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