NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Inductees Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward of Black Sabbath" pose backstage during the 21st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria March 13, 2006 in New York City. The induction ceremony will air March 21, 2006 on VH1. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has canceled his West Coast tour with his new band, Day of Errors, after being hospitalized due to heart issues.

Ward posted a note on social media says, “Hi Everyone, It’s with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Days of Errors tour dates scheduled in December. I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I’ve never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates. I want to send my sincere apologies to everyone who was planning to come out to the shows. I’m so sorry we won’t be making it — I was looking forward to seeing you all and sharing this music with you. I’ll be in touch soon. All my love, Bill.”

The tour was slated to start on December 7 in Eugene, Ore., with seven dates scheduled. Ward was pointedly not included in Black Sabbath’s The End farewell tour, ostensibly over contract and financial issues. At the time Ozzy Osbourne said that Ward was not in good enough physical shape to do the tour, but Ward has denied that’s the case.


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