An additional live show has been announced this morning. Black Sabbath will play what’s being called “A Warmup Gig” on May 19th in Birmingham, England at the O2 Academy. The warmup being for the Download Festival in early June. They’re playing the O2 Academy. At this time, there’s no word as to whether there will be any sort of opening act, or more importantly who is playing drums. At last check, the lineup of Black Sabbath was:
- Tony Iommi – Guitar
- Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
- Geezer Butler – Bass
- ??? – Drums
- Adam Wakeman – Keyboards
There’s been several rumours over the last few months or so regarding the drum slot, including several news stories that insisted they had the inside scoop as to who was playing drums. Thing is, there are no facts. We don’t know who is playing drums. Even this morning, when the news of this gig broke, there were several people who sent me messages saying they “discovered” that Bill Ward is playing. Why is this? Because the Black Sabbath Facebook Info tab lists Bill Ward as a member. Interesting theory, but that specific text they’re referring to has been there since the official Facebook page was set up for the Sabs, when Bill was involved.
As I’ve told people, if Bill Ward returns, you won’t “find” the news buried in an info tab on a Facebook page – it will be announced properly. It’s sad to say, but there is NO NEWS as to who is playing drums. If Bill returns, it will be properly announced. Until then, we continue to hold out hope that Bill will be manning the skins.
Apparently, tickets go on sale this Friday for the Birmingham warmup gig. If anyone gets a ticket, can you send in a ticket scan? Tkx.
Finally, I’ll be getting my 2012 tour date page up date in the next day or so. It’s a bit behind.