NEWS: Geezer Butler talks smack about Ozzy

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…not really. I just wanted to pretend to be TMZ for a minute there. But Blabbermouth is reporting that on the eve of Heaven And Hell’s The Devil You Know album (due April 28), Geezer told Decibel magazine that working with singer Ronnie James Dio is a lot easier than working with Ozzy Osbourne. Here are some excerpts.

“Ronnie’s a songwriter in his own right — he’s got tons of ideas,” the bassist said. “Whereas Ozzy… in the old days, he’d come up with a vocal line and I’d write the lyrics. Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well.”

Ozzy never took Butler’s musical ideas seriously, either. “If we were with Ozzy and I came in with the killer riff of all time, Ozzy wouldn’t even think of doing it because I’m not the guitarist and that’s the way he thinks,” Butler said. “When we tried to do a SABBATH album in 2001, we all gave each other CDs of our riffs or song ideas. Ozzy didn’t even listen to mine. Because I’m not a guitarist, he felt I shouldn’t be playing guitar. That’s why it was so bloody hard to write anything.”

Geezer Butler on HEAVEN & HELL’s debut CD, “The Devil You Know”: “If we’d written this album with Ozzy, we’d still be working on the first track.”

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5 Replies to “NEWS: Geezer Butler talks smack about Ozzy”

  1. Harsh words!! shame that not all demo’s were considered! We may have been cheated of some great work! collabation of a band can be ruined by a GOD presence in it’s inner sanctum!

  2. WHO THE HELL DOES GEEZER THINK HE IS? OZZY MADE HIM WHAT HE IS TODAY HE IS JUST JEALOUS BECAUSE OZZY IS DOING VERY WELL FOR HIMSELF SOLO WISE AND OTHER WISE BLACK SABBATH WAS THE BEST WHEN OZZY WAS FRONT MAN WHO CARES ABOUT RONNIE JAMES DIO HE SUCKS GEZZERS BUTT OZZY IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE (THE ONE THE ONLY HEAVY METAL GOD 0F ALL TIME) GEEZER WILL NEVER AMOUNT TO HALF OF ANYTHING OZZY IS NOR WILL THE OTHER ORIGINALS EITHER SO IN CLOSING I SAY TO HELL WITH THE OLD MEMBERS OF SABBATH (OZZY RULES FOREVER AND ALWAYS)P.S GEEZER GET A LIFE MOVE ON AND JUST LEAVE OZZY ALONE!!

  3. WITHOUT OZZY, GEEZER, YOU WOULD BE NO ONE, OZZY MADE ALL OF YOU OLD FARTS WHAT YOU ARE TODAY! OZZY HAS ACCOMPLISHED ALOT AFTER LEAVING SABBATH. YOU GUYS JUST WAIT AROUND FOR HIM OR DIO TO DO ANYTHING. OZZY HAS AND ALWAYS WILL OUT SHINE THE LIL TROLL THAT GEEZER IS SUCKING UP TO.

  4. I honestly believe that Ozzy didn't really care about creating new Sabbath material after the much vaunted "reunion". What he and $haron did with that damned "reunion" was to effectively kill Black Sabbath, something they had been wanting to do for a very long time. $haron is a very spiteful woman.

    So what have we gotten out of this "reunion: of the classic Sabbath lineup? A great tour in 1998/99, and then NOTHING! Yeah, $haron trotted them out to run through a golden oldies set as a draw for Ozzfest, but that's it. There's been no new album because of difficulties with Ozzy in the studio, yet Ozzy has managed to come up with at least two (bad) solo albums during that time, so what gives?

    All you "Ozzy IS Sabbath" fans have now gotten what you wanted. How's that been working out for you? Before this damned "reunion" took place, Sabbath was regularly putting out great albums either every year or every other year. Say what you will about Tony Martin, the man was the best thing to happen to Sabbath since Dio left the FIRST time. He's a great vocalist, but he got dissed by narrow-minded "fans" simply because he wasn't Ozzy.

    And now, with the Osbournes bringing a lawsuit against Iommi, demanding that the original four members should hold equal rights to the name, I seriously doubt if they'll ever work together again. I wonder how Geezer feels about this court action as the Osbournes claim to be bringing the suit on his behalf as well. Bill Ward, too, for that matter? They all willingly gave up or sold their interests in the Black Sabbath name to Iommi when they all left the band in the first place. I hope the court throws the suit out.

    I think it's a damned shame what's happened. I was a true Sabbath fan and enjoyed most of their post-Ozzy stuff.

    Anyway, if you'd like to access the biggest online library of Sabbath live performances on the internet, I suggest you have a look at the Deep Purple Hub

    Cheers

    B

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