Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward revealed that his emotions around the recent conflict concerning his leaving the current line-up are still so strong that they are preventing him listening to the new album '13'.
Ward, who is currently recovering from surgery which caused him to postpone promotion for his art exhibition 'Absence of Corners' as reported here made the claims in an interview with Rock Cellar magazine.
In a revealing conversation which touched on Sabbath, solo albums, art and veganism, it is clear that the difficult decision to leave the band due to an "unsignable contract" still resonates hard.
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When asked if he had heard '13' he said "The only thing I've heard from 13 is ... maybe 40 seconds of the first song, and then I turned it off. I haven't heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don't care to either. It's too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I'll put it on.
"I mean, I wish them all the luck - well, not luck, they don't need luck - but I wish them all the best in the world. But for me, I can't listen to it, it's too close to home, you know. Like I said, I listened to the first 40 seconds of God is Dead, and I just said I can't listen to this anymore."
Ward also confirmed the support of the fans, saying It's happening all the time. I'm getting letters from all over the world, musicians, all kinds of things and they completely support me. And I'm forever grateful that they've reacted in a really positive way. It's just been this huge endearing experience. I can't say enough about it, really.
I'm at a loss for words. (Long pause) It tears me up, you know. Even as I'm talking to you now, I'm not far away from a tear. I had to follow my heart under the most difficult circumstances."