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Bill Ward Releases Statement; Says There Is"Further Communication" With BLACK SABBATH Over Contract Disputes

Earlier this month, Bill Ward released a statement stating that he was not partaking in a Sabbath reunion because of a contact dispute. There has been a lot of back and forth but today, Ward released a statement sounding optimistic about the future of the Sabbath reunion:

Dear Sabbath Fans,

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I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.

As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.

Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.

I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.

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While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.

Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.

Stay safe, stay strong.

–Bill Ward

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Sounds like Ward is willing to get onboard, and perhaps this was all just a giant negotiation tactic. The part about not condoning derogatory comments in clearly addressing the false rumor that Sharon fired Ward.

Hopefully, this outpouring of support and overall negative publicity over this will help settle the drama between the two sides, and we can get back to what's important: a reunion tour and a (probably) mediocre album. [via MetalSucks]

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