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Geezer Butler: This Will Be Black Sabbath’s Last Tour

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Geezer in '83
Of course. I kind of figured that without Geezer Butler even saying anything.

Life’s too fragile, man. I’d argue we’ll be saying goodbye to one of the members of Black Sabbath before the band’ll ever get back together for another tour.

It took them over ten years this last time, so…not to be cryptic, but, the Sabbath dudes are up there in age. One of ‘em will kick it soon enough, so consider yourself lucky if you caught them this summer.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler said, “I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it because I still really enjoy playing.

“I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore,” says Butler. “I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment.”

Why the last tour, Geez?

“I don’t know. I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job.”

I’m surprised Ozzy didn’t get someone to fill in for Geezer, what with him being so old and tired and all. In fact, I’m surprised he’s kept Sharon around that long, considering that’s Ozzy’s barometer for whether one can hack it or not.