On a recent Twitter post, Black Sabbath bass guitarist Geezer Butler responded to the questions from the fans about the bass guitar he played on Live Aid in 1985 and showed his respect to Queen legend Freddie Mercury.
As you might already know, legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and many more, got up on stage on the Live Aid event to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.
During this show, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler used a custom BC Rich bass guitar that he has never seen before and hasn’t played it for 35 years since then. Also, he stated that this guitar was uncomfortable to play.
Even though this minus aspect of the guitar, it has a unique shape and sound. Geezer could have played it on concerts to provide a magnificent show. But he didn’t want to do that.
Because of that, we thought that this wasn’t the only reason why Geezer didn’t play it once after Live Aid, which is one of the latest concerts that Freddie appeared. To us, he is also showing his respect to Freddie Mercury by keeping that guitar in the storage.
Here is what Geezer Butler said:
“I was recently asked about the bass played during Live Aid. Yes, I still have it – It’s a custom BC Rich, only ever played it at Live Aid.
I whacked my thumb on that sharp edge, and could hardly play the bloody thing, it went right into my nerve and my whole hand went numb.”
A fan named Lee was wondering:
“Do you remember what you played at the Freddie Mercury tribute?”
Another fan named Rene added this comment:
“Nice looking Bass but apparently a dangerous one, yikes…”
You can check out the post below.
I was recently asked about the bass played during Live Aid. Yes, I still have it – It's a custom BC Rich, only ever played it at Live Aid – I whacked my thumb on that sharp edge, and could hardly play the bloody thing, it went right into my nerve and my whole hand went numb. pic.twitter.com/JGfQ3GNqBT
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) May 4, 2020