Geezer Butler in 2013.
|Birth name||Terence Michael Joseph Butler|
|Also known as||Geezer|
17 July 1949 |
Aston, Birmingham, England
Lakland Geezer Butler Model
To do the Ozzfest again would be great. I'd like to finish with a final Sabbath album. You always feel that it is still a challenge.
Ozzy wanted to get us back together. It's been 20 years. We did a couple of songs during his farewell in 1992 and that got the ball rolling.
I was so frustrated in Sabbath after the last few albums. I just didn't like the musical direction Sabbath was going in.
To me, Sabbath was always JUSt a really heavy blues band. That s all we were. We just took those blues roots and made them heavier.
I don't feel a lack of hope. It's just disappointment that after all these years we're still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people.
If you are a pop band, don't say you're a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys.
Toward the later days of Sabbath, instead of going in and knocking out what songs we did in rehearsal, we would polish them to death.
It seems like the older bands are bigger than ever. We get a mixed crowd where you have kids and old blokes like me.
When you see all of these bands citing you as influences, it makes you feel relevant.
The '80s were the worst period. You had these horrible pop bands growing their hair and calling themselves metal.
What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That's what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence.
Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!
It doesn't matter who you vote for. It's still the same billionaires that run the world.
Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream.
I like to deal in the reality of life. I'm too old to sing about women and things like that.
Without a doubt, Ozzy is the craziest person I've ever met. Son of Sam is a close second.
I've been perfectly happily married for 25 years, and have a nice life. Inane things don't interest me.
It's totally produced now. It's almost like a conveyor belt of what metal's supposed to be like these days. It's not music to me.
I love soccer. That's all I ever watch. I'll watch it all day if I can. But I'm too bloody old to play now.
We were into Hendrix and Cream, who were like the heaviest bands around at that time. We just wanted to be heavier than everybody else!
The Geezer album, Black Science, had a lot of keyboards and it did not work.
Black Sabbath was written on bass: I just walked into the studio and went, bah, bah, bah, and everybody joined in and we just did it.