Geezer Butler on Possible Black Sabbath Reunion: ‘I Wouldn’t Say Never’
Black Sabbath bid the world farewell when their The End tour concluded in 2017, but that doesn't mean a one-off show is entirely out of the realm of possibility. Bassist Geezer Butler doesn't necessarily think a reunion will happen, but he isn't completely ruling it out either.
“If it came up I wouldn’t say never. I can’t imagine it ever happening, but then I said that about the Sabbath tour, and it happened, so who am I to know?” Butler told Classic Rock magazine.
Though the bassist hasn't spoken to Ozzy Osbourne himself, he still has contact with other members of the band. “I’ve seen Tony [Iommi] and Bill [Ward] at a couple of awards things we’ve done, and me and Tony stay in touch through emails, but that’s about it. But it’s good between us. It’s like having brothers. You don’t have to be in touch.”
Iommi was diagnosed with cancer back in 2012, and can't tour for extensive periods of time while in remission. Sabbath's final tour marked the end of their 49-year career.
Butler continued his career as a musician when he joined Franky Perez, Matt Sorum and Steve Stevens in Deadland Ritual. The group released their first track "Down in Flames in 2018 and are working on a debut album together.
"Life is better when I’ve got a band on the go, definitely," Butler explains. "I’ve been in a band for the past 50 years. It’s just what I’m used to. I thought I could do without it, but I can’t. So I’m glad to come out of retirement. I’m trying to get it all off now, get all my fat off.”
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