By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Those who opted out of seeing Black Sabbath on tour this year may want to rethink that decision while they still can.
In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, bassist and founding Sabbath member Geezer Butler suggested that this particular string of concerts could be the band’s final bow of sorts.
“It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment,” Butler stated to the Sun-Times.
The 64-year-old heavy metal rocker also explained that he once made a promise to himself that if he could no longer play at the level he’s accustomed to, he would call it quits, and unfortunately, he thinks that time is coming soon.
“I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job,” Butler told the Sun-Times.
Sabbath is currently touring in support of its new LP 13; the band’s first with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm since 1978’s Never Say Die!
Produced by Rick Rubin, the album has garnered positive reviews from critics and diehard fans alike for its early-Black Sabbath sound; something Rubin was apparently instrumental in.
Butler explained to the Sun-Times, “We played [Rick Rubin] a lot of stuff Tony [Iommi] had written. He thought some of it was too ‘heavy metal.’ He said, ‘Go back to the first album. You didn’t start out as a heavy metal band. When you first started, you were a blues-based band, playing much more off-the-cuff, avant-garde kinds of stuff. Forget anything remotely that sounds like Metallica or someone copying heavy metal.’ That gave us direction, which made it a lot easier to pick out songs we were going to work on.”
Black Sabbath will continue on their North American concert dates tomorrow (August 16) in Tinley Park, IL.
For Geezer Butler’s entire interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, click here, and be sure to share your thoughts on a possible Black Sabbath retirement in the comments section below!