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BLACK SABBATH – Geezer Wants Reunion


According to The Canadian Press, it looks like famed BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler wants to get back together with the original lineup, consisting of him, vocalist John “Ozzy” Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward.

“It’d be just nice to do one final, big Sabbath tour because we didn’t really play that many places when we got together for the last reunion (in 2005),” Butler said in a telephone interview from California.

“We’ve never played Japan as the original band and we haven’t played Australia since the ’70s. There’s a lot of places in eastern Europe that didn’t even exist when we were going the first time around, so there’s loads of places we’d like to play as the original band. So hopefully we’ll do it.”

“It’d be nice to do the tour while we’re still alive.”

This summer marked the release of “Classic Albums: Paranoid,” a DVD/Blu-ray that examines the backstory of Sabbath’s influential 1970 disc through newly unveiled live footage and fresh interviews with the group.

Those interviews proved challenging for the affable Butler, who admits he “can’t remember anything about” those early days.

The release features exhaustive track-by-track analysis of the seminal release along with appropriately reverential interviews with fans, industry peers (including Henry Rollins) and the record’s engineer.

While serious Sabbath devotees might already know much of the information revealed on the disc, more casual fans might find more surprises — including the accelerated timeline in which these enduring documents were created.

The band recorded its self-titled debut album and “Paranoid” — which yielded such classic singles as “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and the throttling title track — within a dizzying six-month span.

For “Paranoid,” they entered the studio almost completely unprepared.

“We just basically treated it as if we were doing a gig,” Butler recalled. “We just went into the studio, played live in the studio, not much separation on the instruments or anything, and then Ozzy did his vocals over backing tracks, Tony did a few guitar solos, and that was it.”