Black Sabbath co-founder and bassist Geezer Butler is speaking out about what the future holds for his band. The group reunited in 2012 for a new CD, 13 that was released on June 11th, and tour featuring original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi while drummer Bill Ward did not participate due to a rumored contract dispute.
Butler told the Chicago Sun Times on Wednesday (Aug 14th) that the band’s current tour will probably be their last when it wraps in Los Angeles on September 3rd.
“I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it because I still really enjoy playing,” Geezer states. “I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore. I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. 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.”
When the reporter asked Butler why he thought this was the last tour, Butler replied that age is a factor.
“I don’t know. 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.”
The band has less than a dozen shows left on its calendar (see below). Fans can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster while VIP packages for the remaining shows are sold out.
8/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/16 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/18 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
8/22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/24 – Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
8/26 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
8/28 – Irvine, CA – – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/30 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
9/1 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Sports Arena
Author: Buddy Iahn
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