By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Many fans were disappointed to hear that drummer Bill Ward had dropped out of the Black Sabbath reunion projects after they were announced in 2011, but perhaps in the long run, it was best for his health.
The 65-year-old rocker has just announced that he recently underwent surgery for perforated diverticulitis. According to Bill Ward’s official website, the surgery was successful, and Ward is now recovering in California.
Unfortunately, the surgery has led to the postponement of Ward’s upcoming artist reception for his new exhibit, Absence of Corners, which was set for October 26 at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland.
“I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence of Corners gallery reception,” Ward wrote of his official website. “The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art, and I hope to get there to celebrate this collection with you all very soon.”
More on the collection and a possible rescheduled reception date can be found at BillWardDrumArt.com.
Despite the fact that Ward had to undergo surgery, the rocker has claimed that it was not his health that stopped him from reuniting with former bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, but rather, a contractual dispute.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, which replaced Ward with Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk for their new album 13, and Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos for their live shows, is currently on tour in South America.
For more on this story, head to Bill Ward’s official website, and be sure to leave your well-wishes for the drummer in the comments section below!