Bill Ward Recalls Wrecking His Car While Listening to Beatles Classic
In a new interview with Sick Drummer Magazine, Ward shared a story about crashing his Jensen Interceptor at the age of either 20 or 21. The story is already worth reading, but here’s the catch: Ward was listening to the Beatles masterpiece ‘A Day in the Life,’ which is partially about the death of Guinness heir Tara Brown, who died in a car wreck at the age of 21.
“I … remember taking all kinds of risks and at the time being oblivious to danger and really thinking back then how I could really do anything that I wanted,” Ward begins. “It’s that mindset we have where we think we are indestructible. I know at least I went through that phase, where everything was excessive! Like if I drove a fast car I’d just have to take it to 130 miles per hour or more, you know! I paid the price for that by the way, as I’ve crashed a number of cars and am very lucky to still have my life and that was early on around 20-21 years old. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever shared that with anybody actually.”
Ward continues, “The one that I turned upside-down was a Jensen Interceptor, which was a very, very nice car. To add a little bit of drama to the story, I was listening to ‘A Day In the Life’ by The Beatles. I was a bit under the influence and was on my way down to the public house to get some more cigarettes. I left our farm house and was already doing 90 when I accelerated more and I hit a bump or something and just went out of control. I ended up down in the passenger’s seat [there was no passenger thank goodness] and managed to turn the engine off, right before I went sky high and rolled a couple of times. But the car and I landed exactly on the last note of the song, you know right at the end there’s that big keyboard note [insert dramatic low tone here]. It was ironic to me and I couldn’t believe I was still alive laying upside down in a ditch, it was terrifying. I’ll tell you it sobered my ass right up! At least for that evening it did [Laughs].”
Check out the full interview with Bill Ward at Sick Drummer.