Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Claims Retirement Drove Him Nuts!


In an interview with Billboard, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler discussed the band’s retirement, as well as getting his new project together called Deadland Ritual.

Deadland Ritual stars Geezer alongside ex-GN’R drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and singer Franky Perez of Apocalyptica fame.

“After Sabbath finished, I just wanted to take time off and wake up every day and think. Oh, great, I’ve got nothing to do today. That was okay for a year. After I put on about 20 pounds and watched every TV show there was I just went nuts.”

The bassist joked about the new Deadland project saying, “after 18 months of retirement, I would have said yes to anything!”, Butler also discussed the first time he played with Deadland Ritual.

“We recorded the first three that were written, I suppose that would be… God, I have no concept of time whatsoever – probably October/November we went in the studio and recorded the three songs.

Butler revealed what songs will be in Deadland Ritual’s live set: “We’re thinking about doing seven original songs, which we’ve done up to now – unless we write more between now and May. Probably three or four Sabbath songs.

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