Geezer Butler Admits Making A Mistake By Not Trusting Ozzy Osbourne

It’s always fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes of our favorite bands, and sometimes, the revelations can be quite surprising. In a recent interview with Metal Edge, Geezer Butler, the legendary bassist of Black Sabbath, opened up about the creative difficulties that contributed to the eventual end of the iconic heavy metal band. Butler admitted that not listening to Ozzy Osbourne, their original lead singer, played a significant role in the band’s demise.

Ozzy, often dubbed the Prince of Darkness, was one of the founding members of Black Sabbath and a critical factor in shaping the band’s unique sound. However, as with many bands, creative differences eventually led to Osbourne’s departure from the band in 1979. The tension between the members due to Ozzy’s struggle with addiction and the shift in their musical direction played a significant role in this outcome.

According to Butler, the band members’ desire to experiment and progress musically was the primary source of these creative difficulties. In hindsight, he now believes that their decision to move away from their original heavy sound and lean towards a more melodic approach was a mistake. Ozzy had wanted to maintain the classic Sabbath sound, and Butler now admitted that he might have been right.

This confession by Geezer Butler can be seen as an expression of regret, as he acknowledges that their musical expansion ultimately led to the loss of the band’s core identity. In the quest for growth and experimentation, they drifted away from the very essence of what made Black Sabbath special, and that may have been one of the factors that eventually sealed the band’s fate.

When asked about the creative difficulties with Osbourne, Butler replied:

“Those were certainly a problem, too. The thing is, we were trying to progress too much musically. We completely lost the plot, I think. We stopped doing the things that made Sabbath what it was and began going from more melodic stuff, which was a mistake looking back.

Ozzy always wanted to still sound like the old version of Sabbath, while Tony and I wanted to expand musically. Looking back, Ozzy was probably right because our expansion caused us to lose what Sabbath was supposed to be about.”

In retrospect, it’s fascinating to think about what might have been if the members of Black Sabbath had listened to Ozzy’s instincts and stuck to their roots. Perhaps the band’s legacy would have taken a different shape, and the course of heavy metal history might have been altered. But regardless of the what-ifs, Black Sabbath’s impact on the world of music remains undisputed, and their contributions to the genre will forever be remembered.