During a recent interview with Music Radar, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has shared his first impressions of singer Ozzy Osbourne when he first met him.
“You were originally a rhythm guitarist in the Rare Breed with Ozzy. What were your first impressions of each other?”
“My first impression of Ozzy was that he was not the full shilling, as we used to say back then. I’d seen his ‘Ozzy Zig Needs Gig’ advert in the local musical instruments store and noticed he lived a few streets away from me in Aston. I went around to his house, but he wasn’t in.
Later that day, there was a knock on the door and my brother said ‘There’s someone asking for you.’ I opened the door and there was this skinhead, with a factory gown on, no shoes or socks, a chimney brush over his shoulder and a sneaker on a dog lead. He was perfect for my band…
I later switched to bass when we joined up with Tony and Bill. At that time, we were a six-piece, there was already another guitarist and a sax player – so I switched to bass, being the least proficient guitarist in the band.”
He also talked about his favorite new generation rock bands, and said:
“I really like Mike Kerr from Royal Blood. I think what he is doing is both innovative and listenable, which aren’t necessarily mutual. I like the way he can build great songs around his basslines… brilliant.”
On hardest Black Sabbath song, he said:
“I’ve got to a point where nothing in the Sabbath catalogue is challenging for me, at least that I can think of. The only tip I can give is to practise as often and as much as possible, and have patience. Nobody is great from day one.”
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