Geezer Butler to receive a Star at Broad Street 'Walk Of Stars' Birmingham

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Born in Aston, Birmingham England on 17 July 1949, Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is best known as a founding member , bass player , song writer and main lyricist of heavy metal pioneers band ‘Black Sabbath’ .Defining the main foundations of the genre with ground breaking classic releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971), Vol.4 (1972) and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) , Black Sabbath inspired millions of fans and musicians around the globe paving the path for many artists and bands that came after them - Metallica , Iron maiden , Judas Priest , Guns ‘n’ Roses , Van Halen , Sound garden , Alice In Chains ,Nirvana , Opeth , Pantera - along with countless others cite Black Sabbath as one of their major musical influences.

With over 70 million record sales worldwide , Black Sabbath were responsible in spreading the sound and spirit of industrial Birmingham all around the globe , They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time.Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" recalling Paranoid "the birthplace of heavy metal", also VH1's placed them second "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list.Black Sabbath also won numerous Grammy awards and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Regarded as one of the most influential bass players of all time and often cited as the ‘Godfather’ of hard rock /heavy metal bass players ,Geezer Butler’s thunderous aggressive finger style technique along with his gargantuan tone was a major key aspect in shaping Black Sabbath’s musical identity , his unorthodox approach to the instrument bringing new elements such as the wah-wah pedal and down tuning have inspired thousands of musicians and bass players for over four decades.

"All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and Godfather of our chosen instrument. The best, ever" - Jason Newsted (Ex Metallica Bass Player)

"He’s a legend. He’s everything. Geezer is so much of an influence on me.” - Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill)

"He’s a founding father of a whole genre of music and a man who really set the bar early on to be such an integral part of the sound and song structure of Sabbath" - Billy Sheenan (Mr.Big / Winery Dogs)

Other bassists such as Cliff Burton, Steve Harris , Robert Trujillo , David Ellefson , Les Claypool,Steve DiGiorgio, Alex Webster, John Myung,Johnny Lee Middleton,Greg Smith mentioned Geezer as a major significant influence on their style.

Apart of suggesting the band’s name ‘Black Sabbath’ back in 1969 , Butler wrote almost all of the band's lyrics during the early Ozzy era , growing up in an working-class family in the rough neighbors of Aston , Birmingham , Butler’s lyrics and themes on such classics as ‘War Pigs’ ,‘Iron Man’ , ‘After Forever’, ‘Into The Void’ , ‘A National Acrobat’ , ‘Spiral Architect’ , ‘Hole In the Sky’ among many others were heavily based on the dark side of the human nature , religion, science-fiction, macabre fantasies and horror. It was Geezer’s lyrics and themes that gave Tony Iommi’s crushing evil heavy riffs a sense of direction and purpose laying the main foundations to what became later known as the Metal genre.

With 'Black Sabbath' embarking their final world tour 'The End' and with the band announcing that their final shows will be rightfully where it all started , at the birth place of heavy metal at their hometown in Birmingham, England. Its seems more than fitting to celebrate the legacy of one of Birmingham's  proudest sons and legends by honoring him with a tribute star at the 'Walk Of Stars' on Broad street.


Black Sabbath

• 2013 – Live... Gathered in Their Masses
• 2013 – 13
• 2010 – Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell
• 2009 – The Devil You Know
• 2007 – Live from Radio City Music Hall
• 2007 – Live at Hammersmith
• 2007 – Black Sabbath: The Dio Years
• 2004 – Black Sabbath: Live at Hammersmith
• 2004 – Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath
• 2002 – Past Lives
• 1998 – Reunion
• 1996 – The Sabbath Stones
• 1995 – Cross Purposes Live
• 1994 – Cross Purposes
• 1992 – Dehumanizer
• 1983 – Born Again
• 1982 – Live Evil
• 1981 – Mob Rules
• 1980 – Heaven & Hell
• 1978 – Never Say Die!
• 1976 – Technical Ecstasy
• 1975 – We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll
• 1975 – Sabotage
• 1973 – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
• 1972 – Volume 4
• 1971 – Master of Reality
• 1970 – Paranoid
• 1970 – Black Sabbath

Ozzy Osbourne Band

• 1995 – Ozzmosis
• 1990 – Just Say Ozzy


• 2005 – Ohmwork
• 1997 – Black Science
• 1995 – Plastic Planet

Heaven & Hell

• 2010 – Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell
• 2009 – The Devil You Know
• 2007 – Live at Radio City Music Hall


• 1994 – Nativity in Black, Volume 1
• 1989 – Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell Foundation CD

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