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If you polish things too much, it loses the feeling.
– Geezer Butler
If you are a pop band, don’t say you’re a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys.
To me, Sabbath was always JUSt a really heavy blues band. That s all we were. We just took those blues roots and made them heavier.
The Geezer album, Black Science, had a lot of keyboards and it did not work.
We were into Hendrix and Cream, who were like the heaviest bands around at that time. We just wanted to be heavier than everybody else!
I never try and sound like Sabbath.
I’ve been perfectly happily married for 25 years, and have a nice life. Inane things don’t interest me.
I was so frustrated in Sabbath after the last few albums. I just didn’t like the musical direction Sabbath was going in.
I like to deal in the reality of life. I’m too old to sing about women and things like that.
Black Sabbath was written on bass: I just walked into the studio and went, bah, bah, bah, and everybody joined in and we just did it.
I don’t feel a lack of hope. It’s just disappointment that after all these years we’re still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people.
Toward the later days of Sabbath, instead of going in and knocking out what songs we did in rehearsal, we would polish them to death.
I love soccer. That’s all I ever watch. I’ll watch it all day if I can. But I’m too bloody old to play now.
I would not want to write something about something I do not think about.
When you see all of these bands citing you as influences, it makes you feel relevant.
The ’80s were the worst period. You had these horrible pop bands growing their hair and calling themselves metal.
Lately, I’ve been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!
Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn’t even know what bass players did until I saw Cream.
It seems like the older bands are bigger than ever. We get a mixed crowd where you have kids and old blokes like me.
What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That’s what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence.
It doesn’t matter who you vote for. It’s still the same billionaires that run the world.
To do the Ozzfest again would be great. I’d like to finish with a final Sabbath album. You always feel that it is still a challenge.
It’s totally produced now. It’s almost like a conveyor belt of what metal’s supposed to be like these days. It’s not music to me.
Ozzy wanted to get us back together. It’s been 20 years. We did a couple of songs during his farewell in 1992 and that got the ball rolling.
Without a doubt, Ozzy is the craziest person I’ve ever met. Son of Sam is a close second.
I never picked a bass up before Sabbath started.