Geezer Butler says that he has been “enjoying the retirement,” nine months after BLACK SABBATH finished “The End” tour on in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England, closing out the quartet’s groundbreaking 49-year career.
“I’m not in a hurry to do anything,” the bassist told Billboard. “I’m traveling a lot, seeing the places (the band) only stayed for one night and going back and spending some time there. We’ve recently moved house this year and I’m going to be building my home studio, but it’s taken me ages. Next year I’ll see if I can get back into music.”
A founding member of BLACK SABBATH, Butler is also the lyricist of such SABBATH classics as “War Pigs”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid” and others.
The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the ’90s and 2000s for live work.
They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after just a few months. The remaining trio issued the “13” album in 2013 and backed it with a successful world tour — despite Iommi being treated for lymphoma since 2012.
On November 17, a documentary focusing on SABBATH‘s last-ever concert, “The End”, will be made available in home video and audio packages, featuring footage of the entire historic show.
“The End” will be released as DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CDs set, a double-CD collection, a three-LP 180-gram vinyl package and a limited collector’s edition.