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Bill Ward Recovering from Shoulder Surgery

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Many of us thought Ozzy Osbourne was being somewhat insulting when he suggested Bill Ward wasn’t in good enough shape for the Black Sabbath reunion, but maybe he wasn’t far off the mark.

Ward, who underwent colon surgery back in October, is now recovering from another round of procedures stemming from a shoulder problem he sought to have corrected last fall. Happily, it sounds like he’s finally back on the mend and getting ready to start playing again, as he recently detailed in the following Facebook post:

H! Everyone,

I hope you’re well. I’m re-starting the radio show on Saturday, February, 15, 2014. As many of you know, I’ve been in hospital for a while (our last radio show was in August 2013). I had a final operation on January 7, 2014, and I’m very pleased to say that a positive outcome has prevailed. I’m healing slowly and surely. On September 18, 2013, I thought I’d take advantage of the down time and have a right shoulder repair surgery. Four days after that surgery, I had the perforated diverticulitis. I’m mentioning the shoulder surgery because approximately two weeks ago, we finally started the shoulder rehab. It’ll be about six weeks before the frozen joints can be workable again. I’m hoping to be playing drums by mid-March 2014. I want to start back in with jam sessions with a jazz quartet, something softer before I start slamming again.

On January 23, 2014, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAMM Bonzo Bash. Again, multiple thanks to everyone who made that award happen for me. Special thanks to all the drummers at the bash, and it was great to be among the families and fans, and so many kick-ass drummers. My heart is with the students and the old-timers.

This year on our radio show I intend to feature some of my favorite drummers. We’ll have our very best of Metal, but we’ll also focus on hopefully surprising the listener with recordings from drummers, well-known and lesser-known. I’m trying to find rare jams, drum solos – it’ll be about drummers all year long.

Our first drummer to be featured will be the amazing Dave Lombardo. Dave is quite brilliant, and his music will be worth listening to. I also hope to feature a couple of tracks from the early Zeppelin era with the one and only John Bonham. Metallica, Motorhead and Phil Anselmo will be played on the show, and I just picked up Light Up and Live by Harsh Toke, hoping to find something nice to play. Further, we’ll be playing our Buddy, Ritchie and Big Bopper memorial. Happy 50th Birthday, Beatles.

It’s exhilarating to be back with the living! Check out the show if you can.

Stay safe. Stay Strong.

–Bill

We’re all happy to hear about Mr. Ward’s recovery, and look forward to hearing him back on his show — and at the drum kit — very soon.

Next: Top 10 Bill Ward Black Sabbath Songs

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