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Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward underwent surgery recently after suffering from perforated diverticulitis, a very serious gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. According to Blabbermouth, the procedure was successful, with Ward expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks. As a result, an October 26th reception at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland -- where Ward was scheduled to discuss his fine art debut collection, "Absence Of Corners" -- has been postponed.


  • Ward was originally announced as part of Black Sabbath's reunion album and tour in late 2011, but bowed out in early 2012 over a contract dispute.
  • Although Ward never specified what his issues were, the other members of Sabbath -- most notably singer Ozzy Osbourne -- later hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of performing live.
  • It was rumored that Sabbath wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, which he allegedly balked at. Ward said in one interview that he "would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically."
  • But Ozzy told the New York Daily News, "I don't think (Ward) could have done the gig, to be honest. He's incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He's already had two heart attacks. I don't want to be responsible for his life."
  • Sabbath used Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk for the recording of its 13 album, while Tommy Clufetos has been the live drummer.


  • Does this seem like proof that the members of Sabbath were right about Ward not being up to the job?
  • Or is it just a separate issue that should have no bearing on his ability to play in Sabbath if asked?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Into The Void wrote: "All the best to you Bill and I hope you have a speedy recovery."

Mike Fagan wrote: "He survived 30 years of Ozzy and Sharon. This should be a walk in the park. Get well soon Bill."

The Metal Files wrote: "I've got the same condition but have avoided surgery. Three members of my family all had the surgery. it's brutal."

Chorale Satana wrote: "Awesome drummer, the greatest in rock history. Nobody supports a rock band with a drum kit like Bill Ward does. You know when he's not there on a Sabbath record. Irreplaceable. '13' is junk."

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the original lineup of Sabbath performing at the U.K. Ozzfest in 2005:

Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock

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