Frank at JPF Amplification (London Amp Repairs and Custom Amp Builders) sent me a link to this fantastic live set from Black Sabbath circa 1970. Bill Ward is an amazing drummer who isn’t mentioned as often as some other legendary 70’s rock drummers but he’s a real original. Heavy metal was just loud funk back then. Yeah.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, check out this splendid clip showing the drum tech setting Bill’s kit up including a shot of a Rogers Swiv-o-matic pedal and some incredibly flimsy hardware. I can’t imagine being brave enough to use that stuff on any of my heavy gigs. I can see why they nailed the bass the floor.