While I was out running errands today, the server tanked again. I should have guessed something happened, because the other Sabs (Ozzy, Tony, & Geezer) issued a statement today on the official Black Sabbath Website. It said:
We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans…we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open… We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll… See you at Download!!!
– Tony, Ozzy and Geezer
Can’t say I’m surprised at that. I figured they’d say SOMETHING, and they weren’t gonna say “Well, that’s it then, we’re not doing this anymore”. So this move doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’ve also seen a few comments as to why they chose to respond like this, and especially the mention of Facebook. A few thoughts come to mind about this..
- I’ve seen a few posts from people wondering why they issued the statement, and they didn’t just try to “work it out” behind the scenes. Bill Ward did issue the statement on his website and on Facebook himself. Given Bill did that, it seems logical that they’d respond in kind. That doesn’t surprise me, really.
- As I’ve pointed out a few times in the last 24 hours, this feels like 2004 again. My gut feeling is that this will get worked out in the end, but I have no facts regarding any of this.
- Yes, I do Bill Ward’s website for him, but I had no prior knowledge of this than the rest of the Internet did except for maybe five minutes when his manager asked me if I’d post something for him and my actual posting of it. Despite my being involved with Bill since around 1997’ish, I have no idea what’s going on here, and have ZERO inside knowledge. The contractual situation with the Sabs is not info I’ve asked about, nor would they share with me – so I’m about as much in the dark on this one as anyone else is.
Hopefully this all gets worked out. Because if they don’t, I’m gonna have to update my timeline page with another bloody combination. Sigh.