The Show Went On Without Bill Ward

On Saturday night, May 19th, 2012, Black Sabbath’s original lineup (sans drummer Bill Ward) performed together for the first time in seven years at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. Serving as a warm-up show ahead of their headlining slots at Download Festival and Lollapalooza, the band performed a career-spanning 17 song set. The concert’s full setlist is at the bottom of this article.

For the performance, Sabbath used Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer Tommy Cluefetos to fill in for Ward. Earlier on Saturday, bassist Geezer Butler responded to Ward’s decision to sit out of the band’s reunion.

The band also released a second, separate statement on Saturday addressing the removal of Ward from photos used on the band’s website. The statement read, “At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the official website. In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.”

Black Sabbath’s Birmingham Setlist:

Into The Void
Under The Sun
War Pigs
Wheels of Confusion
Electric Funeral
Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Behind The Wall of Sleep
Fairies Wear Boots
Tomorrow’s Dream
Sweet Leaf
Symptom of The Universe/Drum Solo
Iron Man
Dirty Women
Children of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Paranoid

Click the following highlighted songs to see Black Sabbath performing at the O2 Academy in Birmingham:

Iron Man


The Wizard

War Pigs

Children Of The Grave

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