(L-R) Musicians Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi pose backstage during Black Sabbath Reunion Press Conference at The Whiskey A Go Go on November 11, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com
Black SabbathÂ drummer Bill WardÂ has formed a new band, Day of Errors, marking his first project since hisÂ 2015 album with the Bill Ward Band, Accountable Beasts. In a note on his
FacebookÂ page, Ward described the Day of Errors sound as, “We play loud, hard, with overtures of gut-kicking heavy, heavy parts.” The group features Ward on drums and vocals, Joe Amodea on guitar and vocals and All Hail the Yeti’s Nick Diltz on bass and lead vocals. The trio will also be joined by percussionist Walter Earl and Ward’s son, Aron, on keyboards.
Ward did not detail any immediate plans for Day of Errors, though closed his note saying, “More information will follow.”
Ward’s new group arrives as his old one, Black Sabbath, prepares to embark on their last set of live dates. The drummer and band acrimoniously split in 2012 before Sabbath recorded their final album,
, replacing Ward with Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk. 13
At the time, Ward released a statement asking for a “signable contract”Â from his bandmates, but negotiations fell apart. In 2015 ”” after the release of
13, but before the launch of Sabbath’s The End TourÂ ”” Ward issued another statement demanding an apology from frontman Ozzy OsbourneÂ for “untrue” statements made about him. Osbourne refuted the statement and claimed that Ward was physically unwell to commit to touring and Sabbath had to move forward without him because of Tony Iommi’s lymphoma diagnosisÂ in 2012.
Sabbath ultimately continued without Ward, though in January the drummer refuted a claim made by Geezer Butler that he’d been invited to play Sabbath’s final gig. “I will say that I wouldn’t want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring,” WardÂ told
Rolling Stone. “I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn’t want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows.