Update: The shop is now live! Visit it here.
How’s your collection of drum gear looking? There’s ALWAYS room for more, right? Right. Especially when given the chance to own gear used by one of the most iconic metal drummers of all time, founding Black Sabbath skinsman Bill Ward.
Ward has teamed up with Reverb.com to launch The Official Bill Ward Reverb Shop, which will go live on Wednesday, June 28. The shop will feature drum kits, drum heads, cymbals, and more gear used on tour and in the studio throughout Ward’s career. Says the man himself:
“Whoever gets this gear will get good karma. I really hope the new owners will be able to feel the energy of it,” Ward said. “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.”
Here are a few examples of what you can expect to see for sale in the shop:
- A rare, one-of-a-kind Remo 24” Kick Drum Resonant featuring a hand-painted design that incorporates a bat within the word “Black.” This resonant head was used on the front of Ward’s kick drum on the “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” tour in 1973 and 1974.
- More than 150 drum heads, signed and dated from tours and recordings from the 1970s through 1999 to present day, as well as drumsticks signed and dated from 2005.
- A 6-piece Premier Apple Sparkle Fade drum kit used with the Bill Ward Band, including during the recording of “Wall of Death,” as well as on several Day of Errors tracks.
- The drummer’s first collection of 5-piece Zildjian cymbals that Ward estimates date back to his teenage years and were used with his band Mythology and everything that followed through the 1970s.
And that’s just the beginning. Check out a preview of the shop before it launches on June 28th, and watch the teaser video below for more.