Geezer Butler: A Black Sabbath show 'won't happen'

Geezer Butler: A Black Sabbath show 'won't happen'

Almost 20 years after the last performance together Black Sabbatha possible final show of the band's original lineup remains a hot topic.

A few weeks after the bassist Geezer Butler he stated in an interview that all the band members wanted to do such a show but that it was “unlikely” (Read here), has now dampened expectations further.

Butler – who co-founded Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward in 1968 – now tells BraveWords that “it's not going to happen”.

In an interview on the occasion of the publication of the paperback edition of his autobiography, “Into The Void: From Birth To Black Sabbath – And Beyond” (Read here), Butler says, “Ozzy texted me to do one last show with Bill (Ward) and that was it, but it won't happen. But I always said the original Black Sabbath would never get back together.

“These things are said hoping that if a miracle happened, it would be fantastic to do it – explained the bassist – A lot depends on everyone's health, but I don't see how it could happen. I would like it to happen, even if it were a last song with the four originals, with Bill on drums.

The drummer Bill Ward he didn't participate in Black Sabbath's last tour after being fired during the recording of 2013's “13” album, and Butler says that he still doesn't know why Ward was fired. The official rumors speak of a lack of contractual agreement.

“My wife and I went to Hawaii and when we came back we found that Bill had been fired,” he says. “And we said, 'Why, what's going on?' To this day we don't know who fired Bill and why. There were rumors about his health and things like that. I listened to the pieces we and Bill did about that. album and I really liked it. It really sounded like the old Sabbath, it had the same drumming as the first three albums. Maybe – concludes Geezer – it was the producer (Rick Rubin)… I don't know.

Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward played their last full Sabbath concert together at the Sound Advice Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida on September 4, 2005.