According to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, the band’s Bill Ward paid tribute to SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi on the February 25, 2011 edition of the drummer’s “Rock 50” monthly radio show, which airs between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PST on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California. Bill talked about Tony‘s recent 64th birthday and played several SABBATH songs, personally selected by Ward to showcase Tony‘s different playing styles. After the tracks were over, Bill reminisced a little about a few of the songs.
To listen to a “replay” of the program, go to this location.
Ward has been sitting out the sessions due to being offered what he called “an unsignable contract” in an open letter to SABBATH fans.
Ward posted an update on February 17 in which he said he “remains hopeful” for a positive outcome to the situation.
Meanwhile, Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler are in London continuing to record their first album together in 33 years, although without Ward it is not the original SABBATH reunion announced last November.
The rest of SABBATH‘s scheduled European summer gigs will be replaced by “Ozzy And Friends“, at which the singer will be joined by Butler, former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and other special guests, including Slash on selected dates.