Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he holds no grudges about the fact he’s no longer in the band.
Ward bowed out of the Sabbath’s reunion just months after it was announced in 2011 saying he hadn’t been offered a contract he regarded as “signable.” That led to a war of words, particularly between him and frontman Ozzy Osbourne, who at one point suggested the drummer wasn’t healthy enough to play his role.
But despite the apparent bad blood between both camps, Ward says he has no resentment towards them and wishes them well for the future.
Ward tells Rolling Stone: “It was 2015 when I saw Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, and it was cordial. But that's been the last time. I haven't talked to anybody or written any private emails to anybody.
“I think there's been a couple of other press statements that might have gone backwards and forwards, but that's been about it, really.
“I’m at peace with those guys. If something comes up that I feel is contradictory, I'll always make a statement back in defense of whatever I need to defend. But my general outlook towards them is not of resentment, it's not of fear, it's not of hatred or anything like that.
“I actually really, really, really love these guys. I wish them nothing but the best in their lives. Every day, I say prayers and I wish for them health and happiness and just nothing but good things to befall them.
"I don't in any way have any grudges or any arrogance or anything else. It's been like that for a while.”
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