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Bill Ward Wanted To Be Removed From Pics, Sabbath Members Say

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Yes, yes — that’s what they’re saying.

So, I guess I owe Black Sabbath a mini-apology for this, now that a joint statement from Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler says removing Bill Ward from all those pictures was his idea.

“At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the BlackSabbath.com official website,” the statement says.

“In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows,” the band says.

Black Sabbath played Saturday in their hometown of Birmingham, England. The show served as a warm-up for the band’s appearance at the Download festival at Donington next month.

Tommy Clufetos, who plays in Ozzy’s solo band, is filling in for Ward.

When they played Saturday, Sabbath played a number of classic tunes, including “Under the Sun,” “Into the Void,” “War Pigs,” Wheels of Confusion,” “The Wizard,” “Electric Funeral,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Dirty Women,” “Iron Man,” “Tomorrow’s Dream,” “Children Of The Grave,” and “Paranoid.”