So now we know.
"no more than three songs"
"Come to the U.K., play for free and see how the first show goes."
When and why did Bill become a mere special guest in this final reunion scheme? How the hell did they expect Bill to come by for free and on his own expense?
He's the FUCKING CO-FOUNDER OF THIS BAND, he did the FIRST 8 albums in the 70's and 2 MORE albums in the 80's. Bill is one of the prime reasons why heavy metal exists in general and why there are people who try to play drums and brass as groovy and heavy as he did. Why don't everyone want Bill on board so that this final reunion could be sealed properly???
Is Bill so fucking incapable these days that they didn't want him for 3 full shows and on the FUCKING FINAL STUDIO ALBUM? Or is it just plain old greed and pride on the behalf of others all over again? The goddamn business transactions and contracts...
Whoever and whatever are behind all this, they've taken away an ESSENTIAL piece from THE FINAL BLACK SABBATH REUNION. They've fucked up the last chapter of this band's history. Years later, when we are still Black Sabbath fans, there's going to be talk about how they managed to fuck this up, big time.
Asking Vinny to do these 3 shows and the album is their last straw...and even Vinny is the second best compared to Bill in this case, Vinny himself would like to see Bill doing this as he's one of the four original players. Bill should have been called in with a decent contract in order to do this right.
Peace and love to everyone responsible for this...