This Day In Music 05.05.2016
Black Sabbath's Bill Ward is 68!
Sabbath's original drummer celebrates his 68th birthday today.
Bill Ward was born May 5th 1948 in Birmingham, England. His early influences were big band era drummers such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. In the mid 60s Ward played in a band called Mythology with Tony Iommi. After Mythology broke up, Ward and Iommi joined forces with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler who had played together in Rare Breed. They formed a new band called Earth, which eventually became Black Sabbath. Together, they altered the musical landscape by creating what is probably the first truly Heavy Metal music.
Ward was a full fledged member of Black Sabbath until the early 80s. Although not part of the band anymore, he has appeared several times in Sabbath reunions since then, and has released 3 solo albums along the way. In 2011, it was announced the original Sabbath line up was reuniting with producer Rick Rubin for an album title 13. However, Ward left, or was pushed out of the band before work started on the album. There was a lot of finger pointing and varying stories about what actually happened. Although Ward has not been involved with the band since, and is not behind the drums for Black Sabbath's The End tour, he did reunite with the others to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards in May 2015.
After battling drugs and alcohol, Ward is now living a healthy vegan lifestyle.
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