Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward has released a new song “Arrows.” The track is dedicated to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting that took place exactly two years ago today (1st). Honoring the victims on the shooting’s second anniversary, Ward’s new song features drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist James LoMenzo (Black Label Society), guitarist Keith Lynch as well as additional performances by Sarah Dugas and Ezra Ward.
Ward shared a video message via social media and explained the following:
“Hi everybody. My name is Bill Ward, and today I’m speaking on behalf of my band, the Bill Ward Band.
In the evening of October 1st, 2017, there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas. What we’re going to do on October 1st, 2019 is we’re gonna release a song that I hope will be supportive. To me, it’s kind of like laying a wreath and sending the very best to everybody and wishing everybody well, the injured. It’s just a way of saying we’re very sorry that all those things happened and that we honor those who are not with us today.
“It’s a very solemn gesture, but at the same time, I’ve written a song that I hope can bring some solace and some good things to those who are still working through that particular shooting and those particular issues that they encountered because of the shooting.”
Marked as one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S history when a lone gunman at the Mandalay Bay casino resort opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 who attended the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. He killed 58 and wounded 422 by gunfire, leaving a total of 851 concertgoers injured.
Listen to “Arrows” below: