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Geezer Butler Discusses Set-List for Upcoming Tour

Geezer Butler Discusses Set-List for Upcoming Tour -

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has revealed that the band will be focusing on tracks released during their first decade on upcoming world tour.

In a recent interview with The Metal Forge (via Classic Rock Magazine) Butler recalled the band's primitive days in which he couldn't afford his own bass plus their rise to the top.

Butler tells The Metal Forge:

"Since all our albums date back to the 1970s, that is the decade we will be dealing with. We always have to play the staples, such as Iron Man, Paranoid, Black Sabbath, War Pigs, Children Of The Grave, but it's good to include more obscure stuff."

Whilst discussing the band's first studio experiences, Butler recalls:

"The first and second albums were recorded on two four-track machines, the first album in two days, the second in five days. It was basically like doing a live gig in the studio.

"As technology advanced, it was almost a curse to have so many tracks to record on; we lost focus of what the band was supposed to be about. It was great for experimenting, but we wasted a lot of time - and money - just pissing about in the studio on the later albums."

Butler goes on to recall how Cream's Jack Bruce first inspired him to pick up the bass, saying:

"I'd never seen anyone play bass like Jack Bruce before. Everyone would be staring at Clapton while I'd be staring at Jack.

"The main obstacle was I couldn't afford a bass. I had a Fender Telecaster guitar at the time. I was paying it off at 50 pence a week over four years, so I couldn't sell it until it was paid for. When I got together with Sabbath, I tuned the guitar strings down to simulate a bass.

"On our first gig I borrowed a friend's Hofner bass. It only had three strings - and that gig was the first time I'd ever played a bass. I swapped my Telecaster for a Fender Precision bass, and that was that."

Even though the core of Sabbath's upcoming shows will revolve around albums such as their seminal self-titled debut, 1971's 'Paranoid' and 1973's 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,' Butler also states that they will  perform tracks featured on new album '13.'

Black Sabbath will release new album 13 on June 10 via Vertigo Records and Republic Records (US).



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