Geezer Butler


Black Sabbath / Heaven & Hell / GZR

Geezer formed his first band, Rare Breed, with old friend John "Ozzy" Osbourne in the autumn of 1967. Separated for a time, he and Osbourne reunited in the blues foursome, Polka Tulk, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward. They renamed their band Earth, but after finding a band in the small-time English circuit with the same name, soon adopted Black Sabbath in early 1969. Sabbath with Ozzy and later with new front man Ronnie James Dio became metal legends inspiring everybody who supports heavy music. Geezer is noted as being one of the first bassists to use a Wah-wah pedal on his bass, as showcased at the beginning of "N.I.B." which inspired many later bassists. He was also one of the first bassists to down-tune (from the standard EADG to the lower C#F#BE), in order to match Iommi who had started tuning his guitar to C#. Keeping busy with various reunion shows including the Dio lineups 2009 album under the Heaven and Hell moniker “The Devil You Know” and playing with Ozzy, Geezer formed his own project GZR in 1995. On May 21 2012, at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, Geezer and Black Sabbath reunited for their first concert since 2005. A few months later, the band announced they were recording a new album that would be released in June 2013. And on June 11, 2013, Black Sabbeth released 13 in North America, which has since topped both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. In November 2013, Geezer and Black Sabbath will embark on a European tour.

Geezer Butler talks about his Hartke rig