Geezer: Ronnie’s A Pleasure, Ozzy’s A Nightmare
Geezer Butler, legendary bassist with Heaven And Hell/Black Sabbath, says working with Ronnie James Dio in H&H is much more pleasurable than working with Ozzy Osbourne in the Sabs. Heaven And Hell release their new album, The Devil You Know, at the end of this month. Said Butler: “If we’d written this album with Ozzy, we’d still be working on the first track.”
Butler added: “Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well.
“Ronnie’s a songwriter in his own right — he’s got tons of ideas. Whereas Ozzy… in the old days, he’d come up with a vocal line and I’d write the lyrics.”
Ozzy never took Butler’s musical ideas seriously, either.
“If we were with Ozzy and I came in with the killer riff of all time, Ozzy wouldn’t even think of doing it because I’m not the guitarist and that’s the way he thinks,” Butler fumed.
“When we tried to do a Sabbath album in 2001, we all gave each other CDs of our riffs or song ideas. Ozzy didn’t even listen to mine. Because I’m not a guitarist, he felt I shouldn’t be playing guitar. That’s why it was so bloody hard to write anything.”
Butler was being interviewed by Decibel magazine. Read more here.