Geezer Butler Says Current Black Sabbath Tour Will Probably Be The Last
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.16.2013
He wants to go out on a high...
In an interview with The Chicago Sun Times, Geezer Butler said that Black Sabbath's current tour will probably be the last. Here are highlights:
On if 13 was meant to sound like the band's earlier material: "That's why ["13" producer] Rick Rubin came in. We played him a lot of stuff Tony had written. He thought some of it was too quote-unquote heavy metal. He said, "Go back to the first album. You didn't start out as a heavy metal band. When you first started, you were a blues-based band, playing much more off-the-cuff, avant-garde kinds of stuff. Forget anything remotely that sounds like Metallica or someone copying heavy metal." He told us, "If you do a heavy metal album, then it'll sound like you copying what other people think you sound like." That gave us direction, which made it a lot easier to pick out songs we were going to work on."
On if he was drawn to darkness as a lyricist: "I was brought up in a very religious family so I knew a lot about religion. Me dad was in the military and my brothers were in the army. So I knew what it was like to have brothers go up and fight somewhere. And the area that we were brought up wasn't a very posh area. Where we grew up, in Aston [an area within Birmingham], that had been heavily bombed during World War II, and there weren't no money around. I was born in 1949, a couple of years after the war finished, and all the bomb-filled sites were still all around us. They didn't do anything with it, as far as rebuilding, until the 1960s. So when you grow up in a bombed-out area, and in a quite tough section of England, you just see the dark side. And then you listen to other people talk about love, and hippies, it didn't apply for us. We saw the dark side of it all."
On how long he can keep performing: "I've always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I'll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy playing. I'll know when the day comes I can't do this anymore, can't play to my usual standards. That's when I won't go out anymore. I won't do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment."