With the announcement of Black Sabbath‘s final tour, the metal community is again wondering if the band will ever feature original drummer Bill Ward in its ranks again. There has been a lot of back and forth between Ward and the rest of the band with issues being raised from unfair contracts to Ward’s physical inability to endure the demands of performing every night on tour. Fans are not the only ones wondering if Ward will ever join the band and the members of Metal Allegiance gave their thoughts on the situation.
In an interview with Louder Noise, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick and Mark Menghi all answered the question, “Should Black Sabbath play its final shows without Bill Ward?” All of them remain hopeful that the drummer will join the band on stage, but Ellefson gave some insight from the musician aspect, stating, “If it can’t come together and everybody really feel it in the room either musically or just as a brotherhood then it’s better to leave it alone and let everybody have the memory of what was great back in a previous glory day. Don’t taint that glory by forcing a reunion to happen.”
Ellefson understands this well as he rejoined Megadeth after an eight year absence. The bassist and Dave Mustaine were engaged in a bitter lawsuit concerning royalties, but ultimately the two mended fences.
Check out the interview, above.
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