Original Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Has Been In Studio ‘Making Records’

January 2, 2024

According to his Instagram account, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been in a recording studio “making records”!


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Ward (75 years old) shared the above video message yesterday (January 1), “Happy New Year, everybody. We’re in the studio, and, these people behind me actually work with me in the studio and I work with them. We’ve got Bill and we’ve got Mikey and TJ. TJ is right there. This is my crew that I work with throughout the year and some other guys that won’t… They’re not in the picture; they don’t even wanna be in the picture. But we’re making records still, so we’ll see how all that works out.”

“Hey, I hope it’s a safe ’24 for everybody. I know we’re in turbulent times and unsafe things are going on. But take care of the kids, take care of yourselves, and hopefully we can have some peace in ’24. Lots of love to all of you. Bye.”

If you’ve been keeping up, Ward’s been releasing poems as of late, some inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, others celebrating the fall-winter holiday season.

Ward was onboard for a Sabbath reunion when it was announced 11 years ago, but backed out, leaving the group, citing an “unsignable” contract, and singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler carried on with their Rick Rubin–produced “13” LP and an extensive international touring without him (Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk behind the kit).

At the time, Ozzy said Ward was not in shape to participate, “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, ’cause he’s the timekeeper. I don’t think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something.”

In 2015, Ward released his first solo album in 18 years called “Accountable Beasts”.

Then, in November 2017, Ward’s band Day Of Errors released their first two songs, “Day Of Errors” and “Blaspheming At Creation”. Two more tracks, “Dark” and “Ghost Train”, followed in 2019.

And remember, back in March 2021, Ward said he was working on an autobiography.

Lots of the go with Bill Ward. Good to hear!


Written by Todd Hancock