GEEZER BUTLER Has Officially Retired: ‘I Don’t Want To Do Anything Anymore’

Geezer Butler
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After a career spanning over fifty years, Geezer Butler, the bassist, lyricist, and songwriter who played a defining role in shaping the genre of heavy metal with his bands BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, and DEADLAND RITUAL, has retired.

He has now settled into a relatively quieter life, as he discusses in his newly published book, Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath and Beyond, humorously remarking that he has lost all interest in pursuing any further projects, telling Rolling Stone: “I don’t want to do anything anymore.”

Geezer Butler had already made the decision to retire before the pandemic hit while he was touring with his supergroup, DEADLAND RITUAL. He further added that this was a well thought-out decision and not a sudden one.

“I didn’t realize how hard starting from scratch is, especially when you’re used to your own plane and staying at the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton… and then you’re back in little clubs and getting on a bus together. It just didn’t suit me.”

According to the bassist, while he may be open to doing one-off shows, he has retired from touring permanently. Additionally, he has explicitly stated that he has no intention of participating in any future BLACK SABBATH projects: “I don’t think Ozzy‘s up for it anyway.”