By at 12:06 PM Friday, May 18th 2012


Black Sabbath Photoshop Bill Ward Off Their Official Photos

Black Sabbath, Music


[UPDATE]: Apparently, all of this was done at Bill Ward’s request. The band released the following comment: “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 official website. In accordance with Bill Ward‘s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.”

The Black Sabbath reunion took a loss earlier this week, when original drummer Bill Ward officially announced that he wasn’t participating. As Ward cited an “unsignable contract,” the band came out with a statement saying that “there are two sides to every story.” Apparently, one side of the story simply denies the existence of Ward in the band, as he’s been photoshopped out of the photos on their official site.

As Whiplash reports, someone actually went through the trouble of carefully removing nearly every appearance of Bill Ward from the band’s official photos on their site.  Head over to the site’s gallery, and see for yourself. Take just a single, out of several examples – one of the very first pictures that show up on a Google image search for “Black Sabbath”:

Then, take the history-altering version found on Sabbath’s site:

There are at least a dozen other pictures like this on the gallery, all showing Sabbath as a trio.

This is easily one of the most ridiculous, head-scratching actions we’ve seen since Greedo shot first. However, the total removal of Ward from Sabbath’s “official” past wasn’t perfectly thorough, as their website’s history section still shows pictures of the original drummer, and even this great quote from Ozzy: “In my opinion, there’s only ever been one Black Sabbath, and that’s Iommi, Osbourne, Butler and Ward.”

No hologram jokes were available at press time.


Meanwhile, On The Internet...

  1. Ken says:

    Kinda reminds me of when Sharon had Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake removed from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a madman and replaced their parts with those of other musicians. Wait, did I say “kinda”? I meant “exactly.” Anyway, it’s petty bullshit and I won’t be buying the new Sabbath album or supporting them in any way.

  2. ZeagleFiend says:

    They’ve also taken all the non-Ozzy albums out of the discography section. Shit is fucking insane.

  3. Skwerl says:

    are we sure that bill ward’s reps hasn’t asked them to remove his likeness from any promotional materials?

  4. definitely was a ridiculous action

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with Facebook

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>