Geezer Butler Discusses Set-List for Upcoming
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer
Butler has revealed that the band will be focusing on
tracks released during their first decade on upcoming world
In a recent interview with
The Metal Forge (via
Classic Rock Magazine) Butler recalled the band's primitive
days in which he couldn't afford his own bass plus their rise to
The Metal Forge:
"Since all our albums date back to the 1970s, that is the
decade we will be dealing with. We always have to play the staples,
such as Iron Man, Paranoid, Black Sabbath, War Pigs, Children Of
The Grave, but it's good to include more obscure stuff."
Whilst discussing the band's first studio experiences, Butler
"The first and second albums were recorded on two four-track
machines, the first album in two days, the second in five days. It
was basically like doing a live gig in the studio.
"As technology advanced, it was almost a curse to have so
many tracks to record on; we lost focus of what the band was
supposed to be about. It was great for experimenting, but we wasted
a lot of time - and money - just pissing about in the studio on the
Butler goes on to recall how Cream's
Jack Bruce first inspired him to pick up the bass,
"I'd never seen anyone play bass like Jack Bruce before.
Everyone would be staring at Clapton while I'd be staring at
"The main obstacle was I couldn't afford a bass. I had a
Fender Telecaster guitar at the time. I was paying it off at 50
pence a week over four years, so I couldn't sell it until it was
paid for. When I got together with Sabbath, I tuned the guitar
strings down to simulate a bass.
"On our first gig I borrowed a friend's Hofner bass. It only
had three strings - and that gig was the first time I'd ever played
a bass. I swapped my Telecaster for a Fender Precision bass, and
that was that."
Even though the core of Sabbath's upcoming shows will revolve
around albums such as their seminal self-titled debut, 1971's
'Paranoid' and 1973's 'Sabbath Bloody
Sabbath,' Butler also states that they will perform
tracks featured on new album '13.'
Black Sabbath will release new album 13 on June
10 via Vertigo
Records and Republic