BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a new version of his 1990 track “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)”, now re-titled “Bombers (The Remake)”.
On Tuesday (September 1), Ward shared a lyric video for “Bombers (The Remake)” and included a one-minute clip in which he revealed all the musicians who were involved in the song’s recording process.
“Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” originally appeared on Bill‘s debut solo album, “Ward One: Along The Way”, which was released in January 1990. The LP featured a number of guest musicians, including then-former BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne, who sang on “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” and “Jack’s Land”.
Ward was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced nearly nine eight years ago, but backed out soon after. The drummer later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.
All four original members of SABBATH were present when the band announced its reunion in late 2011. But Ward split from the group in 2012, citing an “unsignable” contract, and Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler carried on with their Rick Rubin–produced “13” LP and extensive international touring without him.
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio during SABBATH‘s last tour that Ward was not in shape to participate. “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, ’cause he’s the timekeeper,” he said. “I don’t think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something.”
It was rumored that SABBATH wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, something that Iommi confirmed in 2017 during a question-and-answer session about SABBATH‘s “Ten Year War” box set.
In 2015, Ward released his first solo album in 18 years. Titled “Accountable Beasts”, the record can be purchased on iTunes.
In November 2017, Ward‘s band DAY OF ERRORS released its first two songs, “Day Of Errors” and “Blaspheming At Creation”, via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and Google Play. Two more tracks, “Dark” and “Ghost Train”, followed last fall.
Official Lyric Video for Bombers (The Remake) – Bill Ward Band