Black Sabbath's original drummer Bill Ward has threatened to pull out of the band's reunion tour and recording session unless a 'signable' contract is drawn up.
The founding Black Sabbath drummer has made clear in a public statement that he is still in negotiations and has yet to sign a contract: “At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band,”
Ward went on to say: “Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another “unsignable” contract was handed to me.”
Black Sabbath are due to headline the closing night of Download Festival 2012 on Sunday 10th June.
It’s due to be the bands first performance with the original line up on UK soil since 2005.
Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1969 and are considered pioneers of the metal and heavy rock genre, selling more than 70 million records to date.
Bill Ward previously quit Heaven & Hell in 2006 when he was due to tour with Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, citing differences with “a couple of the other band members“.
The bands reunion plans for 2012 were also put under speculation last month when guitarist Tony Iommi announced he had been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.