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On this date, (Jan. 28, 2015) Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, Calif. The 67-year-old musician said: “My sister-in-law had just died, and I’d gone to Death Valley in California just to get away from it all. Not just that, everything — Christmas, New Year’s, everything like that. I went down to the gift shop in the hotel, and there was this nice Western bar there. I thought, ‘I may as well have one before I go to bed.’ It was the strongest beer I’ve ever had in my life.
“The next thing I know, this guy started mouthing off about something. He was, like, some drunken Nazi bloke. He recognized me, and because I was in the music business, he started going on about Jews and everything — Jews this, Jews that. My missus is Jewish and I’d just had enough, and me hand sort of met his chin. I whacked him one.”
After his arrest, Butler was booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of Terence Michael Butler. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and was released “after detox and citation,” the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. According to Geezer, he hasn’t had a drink since the incident. (Yep. It looks like the old Geezer can still kick ass! See what I did there?)
GZR is a band led by Black Sabbath bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler. The band has actually been marketed with three different names on the three releases they’ve had. In 1995, the band was marketed as g//z/r. In 1997, it was merely geezer, and in 2005, it was GZR. Most fans refer to the band as just Geezer. The song “The Invisible” was featured on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Mortal Kombat, although the song did not appear in the film itself. It also appears on ‘Plastic Planet’ the debut studio album by g//z/r, featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell. It was released in October of 1995.
“Fairies Wear Boots” is a song from Black Sabbath’s iconic second studio album ‘Paranoid’. In the 2010 documentary film Classic Albums: Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, Geezer states that the music was inspired by the band’s encounter or altercation with a group of skinheads, who are the “fairies” in the song. However, in the 2004 release of Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978), Tony Iommi states the title was inspired from an incident when Geezer and Ozzy were smoking cannabis and saw fairies in boots running around a park, and not from an attack by skinheads! (Hey either way it makes for a great rock n’ roll story!) This is the Quadraphonic mix version off of the “Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition” that was released last November.
“NIB”, from the album “Reunion”, recorded live December 5, 1997, at the N.E.C. in Birmingham, England. It features the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, and it was the first recording of the four musicians together after the firing of Ozzy in 1979. It begins with a bass solo by Geezer Butler, titled “Bassically.”
Since Zakk Wylde’s Birthday was yesterday, tonight I decided to give you 2 classic tracks from his time with Ozzy which as we all know launched his career into super-rock-stardom!
Ozzy’s video for the song ‘No More Tears’ available on the MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN 2 DVD set as well as the CD version. The original version is from Ozzy’s 6th studio album of the same released in September of ’91. It is one of Ozzy’s two best-selling albums in North America, along with Blizzard of Ozz, having been certified quadruple platinum! The song was later redone by guitarist Zakk Wylde as a bonus track on the second reissue of the Black Label Society album “Sonic Brew” as well as on its own promotional E.P. called the “No More Tears Sampler.” (Ozzy considers this song to be “a gift from God”, as stated in the ‘Prince of Darkness’ box set liner notes, which is ironic since it is supposedly about a serial killer!)
This is the Black Label Society version of ‘No More Tears’ from the second reissue of the BLS album “Sonic Brew.”
‘Miracle Man’ is taken from the “No Rest For The Wicked” album released in September of ’88. It is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde. The song was aimed at disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart! Swaggart had long been extremely critical of Ozzy’s music and live performances, before he himself was involved in a 1988 prostitution scandal that resulted initially in his suspension, and ultimately defrocking, by the Assemblies of God. Three years later he was implicated in another scandal involving a prostitute. As a result, Swaggart’s ministry became non-affiliated, non-denominational and significantly smaller than it was in the ministry’s pre-scandal years. Believe it or not he now has his own television channel and his weekly telecast is broadcast throughout the U.S. and on 78 channels in 104 other countries, and over the Internet. Oh the wicked hypocrisy that makes for great rock and roll!!!
Happy Birthday to Zakk Wylde!!! The Viking Berzerker turns the BIG 50 today! Born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt on January 14, 1967 in New Jersey, he is of course best known as the former long-time guitarist for Ozzy and founder of the band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. And as a solo artist he has released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II. See Zakk on the “Experience Hendrix Tour,” March 7th at the Paramount Theatre in Denver. Details and tickets HERE.
This music video for “Lost Prayer,” was just released today in support of ‘Book of Shadows II’ the second solo studio album by from Zakk Wylde, that was released on April 8, 2016.
“My Dying Time” is a single from ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican,’ the ninth studio album by Black Label Society that was released April 8, 2014. It was the band’s first No. 1 album and their first album since the departure of long-time rhythm guitarist Nick Catanese (nicknamed “The Evil Twin” or “ET” for his capability to keep up with Zakk Wylde) He had been with the band since 1999.
See 10 of guitar virtuoso Zakk Wylde’s most unforgettable moments on and off stage! (NSFW Language)
Tonight we remember the late great Lemmy Kilmister with two tracks he and long-time friend Ozzy Osbourne wrote together.
‘Hellraiser’ is a song written by Ozzy, Zakk Wylde, and Lemmy. The song was recorded first by Ozzy for his 1991 album No More Tears and then by Motörhead in ’92 for their March ör Die album. Motorhead’s version was released as a single. It was used in the 1992 movie, ‘Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.’
Ozzy sings on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy,” which also features Slash from Guns N’ Roses on guitar. The track is also from March ör Die, the tenth studio album by Motörhead, released in August of ’92.
Official trailer for LEMMY the 2010 documentary film profile of the English rock musician Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founder, bassist and lead vocalist of the British heavy metal band Motörhead.
On January 7, 1971, Black Sabbath released ‘Paranoid’ their iconic second studio album in the US. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’. Tonight I am featuring two of the Quadraphonic mixes of tracks from the “Super Deluxe Edition” that was released back in November.
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‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is the fifth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. It was produced by the band and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.
This is a remastering of the title track from Sabbath’s ’73 album ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, using Vinyl LP as the source media. This song has been singled out for praise by many hard rock and heavy metal guitar players, with Slash from Guns N’ Roses stating to Guitar World in 2008, “The outro to ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is the heaviest sh!t I have ever heard in my life. To this day, I haven’t heard anything as heavy that has as much soul.” Brent Hinds of Mastodon agrees, telling Nick Bowcott in 2008, “The ‘dreams turn to nightmares, Heaven turns to Hell’ riff at the end of that song is unbeatable.”
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of the band Yes (who were recording Tales from Topographic Oceans in the next studio) was brought in as a session player, appearing on “Sabbra Cadabra”. He refused payment from the band and was ultimately compensated with beer for his contribution. The members of Led Zeppelin, close friends of the band from their early days in Birmingham, showed up at the studio during ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’s recording. Drummer John Bonham was eager to play on “Sabbra Cadabra” but Sabbath preferred to play material other than their own for the occasion. In the end, the two bands had an improvised jam session which was recorded but has never been released. Metallica performed a “Sabbra Cadabra/A National Acrobat” medley on their Garage Inc. album.
Winter is coming… (Hell, it’s already here!) Officially the first day of winter is this coming Wednesday, December 21st, and that’s the theme for tonight.
Badlands was a band founded by former Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members, the late Ray Gillen on vocals and drummer Eric Singer (currently in KISS). It also featured bassist Greg Chaisson. “Winter’s Call” is a track off of their self-titled debut album released in 1989. (Ross Ford and I are both BIG fans of Badlands!)
“Snowblind” is the 6th song on Vol. 4, the fourth studio album by Black Sabbath, from 1972. The song is about cocaine addiction. The band was doing a lot of drugs, especially a lot of cocaine while they were making this album. The band was going to use “Snowblind” as the title to the album, but the record company would not let them because of the drug reference.
In the liner notes of the album, the band thanks “The COKE-cola Company,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the drug. Supposedly at that time the band was given a budget of $75,000 just for cocaine alone! This video is of Sabbath performing the song live on June 19, 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Taken from the “Never Say Die” DVD
Tonight I continue to pay tribute to both the late great John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell!
This Beatles song was covered on Under Cover, the ninth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, that consists entirely of cover songs. It came out in November of 2005.
Pantera covered this on the album “The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits!”.
December 8th is a very tragic date in rock history. It marks the day that both John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell Abbott were gunned down by deranged fans, 24 years apart. This weekend I pay tribute to two fallen rock heroes, taken from us, way too soon!
Pantera toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; and the band members cite Black Sabbath as one of their favorite bands. They performed Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second Nativity in Black: Sabbath tribute album, released in 2000.
Ozzy recorded this version of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” for his 2005 collection Under Cover. It can also be found on the 2005 Prince of Darkness box set.