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Black-Sabbath-Geezer-Butler-Interview-2016

 

GEEZER BUTLER - BLACK SABBATH INTERVIEW

BLACK SABBATH IS ON THEIR FINAL TOUR... Fittingly titled 'The End' Geezer Butler took time of of his busy tour schedule to answer our questions and look back on a career like no other

APRIL 2016

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The Rockpit: How does it feel to be in this final run with a band that has been a big part of your life?

 

GEEZER: IT'S BITTERSWEET. I'M SAD THAT IT'S THE FINAL SABBATH TOUR, BUT I'M GLAD WE ARE ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE.

 

The Rockpit: Any special moments or highlights from the tour so far?

 

GEEZER: WELL EVERY NIGHT IS SPECIAL BECAUSE WE GET TO PLAY TO OUR FANS.

 

The Rockpit: Was it difficult to pick a setlist for the very last tour?

 

GEEZER: NOT REALLY. WE HAVE TO DO THE "CLASSIC" SABBATH SONGS, SUCH AS IRON MAN, WAR PIGS, PARANOID, BLACK SABBATH, CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE, SO THAT TAKES CARE OF A BIG PART OF THE SETLIST. WE DECIDED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE EARLIER SABBATH SONGS FOR THIS TOUR, SINCE WE PLAYED 3 OR 4 NEW SONGS FROM THE 13 ALBUM ON THE LAST TOUR, WHICH WASN'T TOO LONG AGO.

 

The Rockpit: Looking back over your long career, which song do you think most defines Black Sabbath?

 

GEEZER: BLACK SABBATH. IT WAS THE SECOND SONG WE WROTE, AND WE KNEW WE HAD SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

The Rockpit: At the opening date of the Australian Tour in Perth there were no songs played from the last album "13. Was there a reason for this?

 

GEEZER: WE DID 3 OR 4 SONGS FROM 13 ON THE LAST TOUR, SO THIS TOUR WE WANTED TO DO MORE OF THE "CLASSICS"

 

The Rockpit: What is your favorite memory from previous tours to Australia?

 

GEEZER: RACING CARS ALONG SOME BEACH SOMEWHERE, ON OUR FIRST TOUR HERE; HAVING FOOD FIGHTS IN SOME POSH RESTAURANT IN SYDNEY, SEEING THE BRIDGE AND OPERA HOUSE IN SYDNEY WITH MY WIFE, AND MEETING REAL LIFE SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO.

 

The Rockpit: Looking back on your time with Black Sabbath, what has been the absolute highlight of it all?

 

GEEZER: GETTING A RECORD DEAL. UP UNTIL THEN MOST PEOPLE WE KNEW, ESPECIALLY OUR PARENTS, THOUGHT WE WERE WASTING OUR TIME

 

The Rockpit: Any regrets?

 

GEEZER: I'VE HAD A FEW, BUT THEN AGAIN , TOO FEW TO MENTION [LIKE FRANK].

 

The Rockpit: What is the best and worst thing about Black Sabbath?

 

GEEZER: THE BEST THING IS THE PEOPLE IN THE BAND, AND THE WORST THING IS GETTING BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS.

 

The Rockpit: Who was the one musician or band that influenced you the most?

 

GEEZER: THE BEATLES, AS A BAND, AND JACK BRUCE, AS A BASS PLAYER. THE BEATLES WERE A HUGE INFLUENCE, THEIR MUSIC, CLOTHES, HAIRCUTS; EVEN WORKING CLASS ACCENTS MADE AN IMMENSE IMPACT ON ME. IT MADE ME WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR AND TO BE IN A BAND.


The Rockpit: How does it make you feel to hear people say what a big influence you have had on themselves and on bass players around the world?

 

GEEZER: IT'S THE ULTIMATE COMPLIMENT TO HAVE FELLOW MUSICIANS CITE US AS INFLUENCES.

 

The Rockpit: What do you you think has been the biggest change in the music industry from when you first started?

 

GEEZER: THE INTERNET. IT HAS CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE SEE, HEAR, AND BUY [OR STEAL] MUSIC.THE ONE THING THAT REMAINS CONSTANT IS GOING TO SEE PEOPLE ACTUALLY PERFORM LIVE- THAT CANNOT BE REPLICATED.

 

The Rockpit: If you could be a fly on the wall for the recording of any classic album in history, what would it be and why?

 

GEEZER: PROBABLY "GIANT STEPS" BY JOHN COLTRANE, WHEN HE INVENTED THE "COLTRANE CHANGES" KEY PROGRESSION, ALL UNREHEARSED. I STILL LOVE LISTENING TO THAT ALBUM AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.

 

The Rockpit: For you, what is the meaning of life?

 

GEEZER: THE MEANING OF LIFE IS TO PLAY MUSIC THAT I LOVE, BE MARRIED TO THE WOMAN I LOVE, AND TO ENJOY EVERY DAY AS IT COMES.

 

The Rockpit: Any final words for the fans?

 

GEEZER: ENJOY THE SHOWS, LISTEN TO THE ALBUMS, BE GOOD.

 

 

Geezer Butler spoke to The Rockpit - April 2016  

Photos by Ross Halfin

 

READ OUR REVIEW OF THE FIRST DATE OF THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR 'HERE'

 


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