BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently spoke to Get Ready To Rock! about the group's current status and his long-delayed third solo album, "Beyond Aston".
"After the last [BLACK SABBATH] tour everything fell apart again," Bill said of the band's current situation. "The original idea I thought we were going to do was write a new album and we had many, many cassettes of songs and rehearsals we were working on. It's all away safe right now. Things just seemed to fall apart. Originally I was going to take a month off, then play some more with Tony [Iommi, SABBATH's guitarist] in the U.K., riffs and things like that. But it just petered out and just after that time period 'The Osbournes' came out in America and of course it was massive. So I guess that's where things are now. I still don't know whether SABBATH will tour or do an album again. Which is a shame as there was some really good stuff that was being compiled. Who knows, things can turn round!
When asked what the secret of SABBATH's success was, Ward replied, "We did a three-year apprenticeship where we found it hard to play, no one wanted us in England, so we spent a long time in Europe. Before SABBATH we'd been in bands for a long time, since fifteen years old in Tony's case and mine. SABBATH played from their heart and I think that strikes a chord in people. If you've got a sincere band that can go a long way. Our band is real, it's like really real. We're not clever enough to be contrived or be show people, professional musicians. It's the naivety and rawness, there's no us and them when we play. BLACK SABBATH was very accessible to everyone who came and saw the band. I hope that came across."
With regards to his current activities, Bill said, "[I've] been trying to finish this bloody album we're working on, 'Beyond Aston', and I keep changing it, you know, I can't seem to be happy with it. Everything is at mix level, up to 20-21 songs and was hoping to do a 14-15 song CD. I seem to be completely buried in this album. We released the single, 'Straws', last year and we sent it to people all over the world, including the British Prime Minister, who actually sent us a nice letter back because he received a copy of it as well. If we can get this album completed we hope to go on tour in the U.S. in September or October." Read the whole interview here.