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Black Sabbath hire new drummer for reunion shows

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Black Sabbath have announced plans to hire a substitute drummer for their forthcoming shows.

The band were forced to find a new member after previous drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the reunion as he was unable to agree to the contract he was offered.

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"We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story," the band stated.

"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."

Ward claimed that he was only booked to play three songs during Black Sabbath's Download Festival set and was only required for their homecoming show in Birmingham on May 19.

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"I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs," Ward said.

"Again, for me, it's all or nothing. I had to say 'no' to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham."

The group - which also features Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - started working on a new album and preparing for their comeback gigs last year.

Black Sabbath will play a homecoming show at Birmingham's O2 Academy on May 19, before headlining this year's Download Festival in the UK between June 8 and10.

Watch Black Sabbath perform 'Paranoid' live below:

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