Drummer Bill Ward has made the Black Sabbath reunion complete after signing up to join his bandmates on the OZZFEST summer (04) tour.

Despite a prior announcement that MIKE BORDIN would be backing the band, Ward has confirmed he'll be drumming.

Ward initially declined to tour with his old mates two weeks ago by stating he was unhappy with the conditions laid down for him, but he has since been persuaded to reconsider.

The Ozzfest tour, which kicks off in Hartford, Connecticut, in July (10JUL04) also features the reformed original Judas Priest line-up.

Meanwhile, a group of Sabbath fans have organised an Internet petition to urge the reunited band to record a new studio album together.

Fans can view or sign this petition at www.petitiononline.com/BlackSab/petition.

03/06/2004 02:23