In light of the recent statement from Bill Ward regarding his decision not to play on the upcoming slew of Black Sabbath live dates, the band has just released their own statement about the controversy:

From Black Sabbath via press release:

"We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.

--Black Sabbath, 5/17/12"

Read Ward's original statement here.

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