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Black Sabbath recruit new drummer

By | Published on Thursday 9 February 2012

Tommy Clufetos

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Black Sabbath have recruited Tommy Clufetos to replace drummer Bill Ward on their in progress reunion. Session musician Clufetos currently plays in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band.

As previously reported, Ward was dumped from the band’s current plans last week after he issued a statement saying that he had be given an “unsignable” contract for the reunion project. Calling his bluff, the rest of the band responded by announcing that they were giving up the “original line-up” banner and forging ahead without him.

Presumably the band reckon that most people won’t notice if Ward is there or not, though a page titled “1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward” has appeared on Facebook demanding that the reunion only goes ahead with Ward’s involvement. Currently it’s more like 30,000 Black Sabbath fans, but it’s early days, and the total has risen by nearly 20,000 since yesterday afternoon.

Whether the band will pay any attention remains to be see. Currently they are continuing with recording sessions for their new album, and preparing for their Download headline set this summer.