GEEZER BUTLER On Potential BLACK SABBATH’s Final Show Reunion With BILL WARD: “I’d Absolutely Love To Do It”

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In a recent appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Black Sabbath‘s bassist Geezer Butler discussed the possibility of a final reunion show with the band’s original drummer, Bill Ward. This conversation stems from Ozzy Osbourne‘s recent comments about his wishes to perform one last Sabbath concert with the original lineup.

When asked about his thoughts on Ozzy‘s comment, Geezer replied (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “Of course there’s an interest on my part to do it, but there’s a big ‘but’ — you’d have to speak to Bill about it. Everybody wants to do it but I don’t know if he is capable of pulling it off.”

Regarding the feasibility of Bill playing a couple of songs either live or in a recording session, Geezer stated, “I don’t think so. Maybe, I don’t know. I mean, the way technical things happen these days, maybe a couple of songs, but who knows? There wouldn’t be any traveling involved. We wouldn’t be actually all in the studio at the same time together. So it could be done that way — maybe.”

Ozzy‘s vision of a final show taking place in Birmingham, UK, particularly at Aston Villa’s football stadium, seems to align with Geezer‘s hopes. Ozzy was hoping to finish it all off next year back in Aston, at the Aston Villa football stadium in Aston, Birmingham. I’m definitely up for it, to finish the whole thing off.”

Geezer clarified the current status of the band’s discussions, mentioning that both he and Ozzy are on board, but the participation of other members remains uncertain. “Me and Ozzy have agreed, but I’m not sure about anybody else.”

Interestingly, Geezer‘s autobiography “Into The Void: From Birth To Black Sabbath – And Beyond” revealed a period of miscommunication between him and Ozzy. Butler shared that this gap has since been bridged, leading to regular interactions with Osbourne.

“There was a lot of miscommunication before. He didn’t think I was asking about his health ’cause I know he’s been going through a lot of health problems, and I was sending all these messages to him and they weren’t being passed on to him. So he thought I was just ignoring him. And then the weird way I had to go through Sabbath‘s accountant to tell Ozzy I’d sent him all these things. ‘Cause he did this thing in Rolling Stone saying that I hadn’t been in touch with him about his health. So I went through the accountant, and he got in touch with Ozzy and said, ‘He’s just been sending you stuff. He wants to talk to you.’ And we’ve been fine since that.”

However, communication with Bill Ward remains indirect. “He’s not on e-mail and I hate the phone. So, I send e-mails to his wife, who passes it on to Bill.”

Despite these challenges, Geezer expressed a strong desire to reunite the original Sabbath lineup for a final performance, even if only for a short set. “I’d love to do it. I’d absolutely love to do it,” he emphasized.

Reflecting on his current life, Geezer noted that while he misses playing with his bandmates, he maintains his musical skills as part of his daily routine. “With the Sabbath guys, yeah.” He added, “It’s like part of my daily exercise. I don’t get down to the gym. I just go up to my studio.”


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