On a very special episode of the “Glory Is Noise” online radio show, host Joel Gausten welcomes legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward for a discussion on the upcoming 40th anniversary of SABBATH‘s “Master Of Reality” record, the recent deluxe re-release of the band’s 1983 album “Born Again” and Bill‘s ongoing work with charities. The 62-minute episode can be heard here.
Released in July 1971, “Master of Reality” was BLACK SABBATH‘s third album and spawned such metal classics as “Sweet Leaf”, “Children Of The Grave” and “Into The Void”. Considered by many to be the best title in SABBATH‘s lengthy discography, “Master Of Reality” was re-released in 2009 in a special two-CD edition complete with nine previously-unreleased recordings from the original album sessions.
Released in 1983, “Born Again” was the only BLACK SABBATH album to feature celebrated DEEP PURPLE vocalist Ian Gillan and (to date) the last of the band’s studio albums to feature Ward. A longtime treasure among hardcore SABBATH fans, “Born Again” was re-released in the spring of 2011 as a special two-CD set featuring a 1983 live performance from the Reading Festival.
A founding member of BLACK SABBATH, Bill Ward played drums on the band’s first nine albums before departing in 1980 to begin an ultimately-successful battle against addiction. After briefly returning to BLACK SABBATH in 1983 for the “Born Again” sessions, he left the band again to pursue a solo project that has so far produced two albums (1990’s “Ward One: Along The Way” and 1997’s “When The Bough Breaks”). He rejoined BLACK SABBATH for a reunion of the original lineup in 1997 and has remained with the band ever since. In 2002, he released “Straws”, a special CD single sold to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the Alice Faith Mittelman Foundation, the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and the National Veterans Foundation. In addition, Ward has appeared in several music-related books, including Joel Gausten‘s 2010 release, “From Satan to Sabbath: The Metal Interviews 2000-2009”, available at this location.
“I’ve interviewed hundreds of musicians over the years, but none are as warm, friendly and insightful as Bill Ward,” Gausten says. “It is always a profound honor for me to hear him share his perspectives on undoubtedly the greatest metal band of all time.”
“Glory Is Noise” is a bi-weekly show on Radio Free Satan. Each episode features host Joel Gausten offering an eclectic mix of music and exclusive interviews with mainstream and underground recording artists.