Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler recalled the times while Black Sabbath was working on their sixth studio album ‘Sabotage’ and detailed how they were actually sabotaged in his latest interview with Guitar World.

Black Sabbath released their sixth studio album entitled ‘Sabotage’ on July 28, 1975. The album’s name is a reference to the band’s trying to compose and record the album in the middle of legal troubles and problems with their former manager Patrick Meehan.

Black Sabbath decided to change their manager and signed with Don Arden after their previous record received very positive reviews and they performed a very successful world tour. The band found themselves in a legal battle with the former management, and Geezer Butler stated that it was a challenge to produce an album during those times.

Butler bassist emphasized that Black Sabbath was sabotaged ‘by court writs, court appearances, and tax demands on money that they had never seen’ while they were recording ‘Sabotage.’ He added that the album’s title is a perfect reference to what they experienced during the recording sessions back then. For Geezer, it was the beginning of a new era for the band and everything changed after that.

Butler said in his interview that:

“Sabotage was rightly named because we were being sabotaged by court writs, court appearances, tax demands on money that we had never seen, all while trying to write and record the album. We had left our manager, and all hell broke loose.

We were visited by lawyers in the studio, the record company was panicking in case they were involved, our money – what there was of it that hadn’t been stolen – was frozen. It was the beginning of the end for us. The pressure took its toll, and the band splintered after that.”

Consequently, Black Sabbath was able to create and release one of their most successful albums, ‘Sabotage,’ despite all the legal troubles that they had been through during the album’s creation process.