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 billward.com:

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.

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