Last week was somewhat of a rollercoaster for metal fans. Shortly after Bill Ward threatened to not partake in the reunion unless given a “signable” contract, the remaining members of Sabbath announced that they “have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open.”
While completely unconfirmed rumors about Ward’s potential replacement from a website we never heard of are spreading around the web, a new Facebook campaign is hoping that there’s still a chance for reconciliation. Called “1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward,” the Facebook page is showing their support for Ward, claiming that it’s not a Sabbath reunion without the original drummer. When we first joined yesterday, it only had about 300 likes. And while they’re nowhere near having 1,000,000 likes yet, support for the page is rapidly growing, and they already have over 10,000. I mean, you bastards made a pickle more popular than Nickelback, the least you could do is use your power for good and show the rest of Black Sabbath that it’s not the same band without Bill Ward.
Whether Sabbath and Ward will eventually kiss and make up is anyone’s guess at this point. And even if they announce a new drummer, there will always be a chance that Ward could slip back into the fold at the last minute (which is what happened right before Ozzfest 2004). Still, this is certainly a disappointing turn of events for one of the most anticipated reunions and albums of 2012.