Bill Ward is officially out of the Heaven & Hell project

I got an email from Bill Ward’s people to place on Bill’s site, and I wanted to alert people to it here as well. Bill Ward will not be on the new tracks for the Black Sabbath: The Dio years disc, nor will he participate in the “Heaven & Hell” tour next year. It looks like the Vinny Appice story is true, based on what Bill says below. Here is the full statement as it appears at

Bill Ward today announced that he will not be recording new tracks for the “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” CD or playing drums on the “Heaven & Hell” tour.
“I realize there has been some speculation as to whether or not I am participating in the Heaven & Hell project,” said Ward. “I want to confirm that I will not be involved in either the recordings for the upcoming CD or the subsequent tour. I want to wish the guys ­ Tony, Geezer, Ronnie, and Vinny – much success for the coming year.”
No further statements are available at this time.

I can also confirm that the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years release will be a single disc release – I got confirmation of that earlier this morning from my band sources. No word yet on what tracks will be on it, or whether the Feb 2007 release is confirmed – that’s all still in flux.