Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Is Selling Gear From Throughout His Career
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“Whoever gets this gear will get good karma,” Ward said. “I really hope the new owners will be able to feel the energy of it. Of course, I’m going to miss all of the gear – there’s some really nice history here – but if these items are going to drummers who will use them, then that warms my heart.”
The Official Bill Ward Reverb Shop is set to open on June 28. Fans will find kits, drum heads, cymbals and more from throughout the drummer’s celebrated career.
[UPDATE: The shop is now open; go to Reverb.com/shop/officialbillward.]
Of special note is a one-of-a-kind Remo 24-inch Kick Drum Resonant, featuring a hand-painted design that incorporates a bat within the word “Black.” This head was used on the front of Ward’s kick drum during Black Sabbath’s 1973-74 tour in support of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
In all, there will be more than 150 drum heads, signed and dated from tours and recordings from the ’70s to present day, as well as signed and dated sticks from 2005. The shop will also feature the six-piece Super Zyn cymbal set used on Sabbath recordings from 1968-71, including the band’s self-titled first album and Paranoid.
Then there’s a seven-piece 2003 maple Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl drum set, which will be for sale at the shop as well. “I got it as a birthday present years ago,” Ward added. “All the tonal qualities are really good; the tom sounds on it are just amazing. Whoever gets this, it’s probably going to last them a long, long time.”
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