Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) To Release “Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection” Box Set

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler will be releasing a new box set, titled “Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection,“ on July 30. The set will come with his three solo albums, “Plastic Planet,” “Black Science,” and “Ohmwork,” as well as a bonus disc featuring “rare material.” A new greatest hits compilation, titled “The Very Best Of Geezer Butler,” will also be released on the same day.

“Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection” Track Listing:

CD 1 – “Plastic Planet”:

01. “Catatonic Eclipse”
02. “Drive Boy, Shooting”
03. “Giving Up The Ghost”
04. “Plastic Planet”
05. “The Invisible”
06. “Séance Fiction”
07. “House Of Clouds”
08. “Detective 27”
09. “X13”
10. “Sci-Clone”
11. “Cycle Of Sixty”

CD 2 – “Black Science”:

01. “Man In A Suitcase”
02. “Box Of Six”
03. “Mysterons”
04. “Justified”
05. “Department S”
06. “Area Code 51”
07. “Has To Be”
08. “Number 5”
09. “Among The Cybermen”
10. “Unspeakable Elvis”
11. “Xodiak”
12. “Northern Wisdom”
13. “Trinity Road”

CD 3 – “Ohmwork”:

01. “Misfit”
02. “Pardon My Depression”
03. “Prisoner 103”
04. “I Believe”
05. “Aural Sects”
06. “Pseudocide”
07. “Pull The String”
08. “Alone”
09. “Dogs Of Whore”
10. “Don’t You Know”

CD 4 – Bonus:

01. “Pseudocide” (No Intro)
02. “Prisoner 103” (Demo)
03. “The Invisible” (Instrumental)
04. “Area Code 51” (Demo)
05. “Cycle Of Sixty” (Radio Mix)
06. “X13” (Radio Mix)
07. “Northern Wisdom” (Demo)
08. “Beach Skeleton” (Japanese Version)
09. “Pardon My Depression’ (Alt Take)
10. “Misfit” (Rough Mix)
11. “I Believe” (Demo)
12. “Four Feathers Fall” (Demo)
13. “Drive Boy, Shooting” (Live)
14. “Detective 27” (Live)
15. “House Of Clouds” (Live)

“The Very Best Of Geezer Butler” Track Listing:

01. “Drive Boy, Shooting”
02. “Man In A Suitcase”
03. “Misfit”
04. “The Invisible”
05. “Box Of Six”
06. “Pardon My Depression”
07. “House Of Cards”
08. “Mysterons”
09. “Aural Sects”
10. “Detective 27”
11. “Number 5”
12. “I Believe”
13. “Catatonic Eclipse”
14. “Among The Cybermen”
15. “Prisoner 103”
16. “Plastic Planet”
17. “Area Code 51”

Geezer Butler Confirms That “Slapback” Is A Previously Unreleased Black Sabbath Song

As previously reported, Gary Rees, the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, recently shared what was believed to be a previously unreleased track, titled “Slapback,” from Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-era. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Geezer Butler confirmed that the song was recorded by the band:

“Yeah, that was one of the songs that we did before I left. It’s probably the reason I did leave [Laughs]. It was just one of those songs that didn’t make the grade.”

He also added the following when asked if he played bass on the track:

“Yeah, that was right before I left. It was just a one-off thing. We just jammed it and didn’t think anything more of it. It didn’t really work.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Claims He Was Using The Devil Horns Hand Gesture Years Before Ronnie James Dio

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler claimed that he used the devil horns hand gesture years before his late bandmate Ronnie James Dio. The bassist says he has photos of himself using the symbol in 1971 and that he “always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’.”

Butler said the following:

“I’ve been doing that sign since — I’ve got pictures of me doing it since 1971. And I always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’ — just before it goes into the fast part at the end, I’d do that sign to the audience. And on the first couple of ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour shows, Ronnie was saying, ‘When I’m going on stage, everybody is doing the peace sign to me, and that’s an Ozzy thing. I feel like I should be doing something back to them.’ He says, ‘What’s that sign that you do in ‘Black Sabbath’?’ And I showed him the devil horns sign. And he started doing it from there and made it famous.”

He continued when aked why he never publicly took credit for the devil horns before:

“I didn’t really think much of it. As I say, I’ve got pictures of me doing it in 1971. And it was just an alternative to Ozzy’s peace signs, I was doing it. And if you look at the ‘Yellow Submarine’ album cover [from THE BEATLES], John Lennon’s cartoon character is doing it, in 1966 or whatever it was. So it’s an old sign. I was just doing it ’cause [English occultist] Aleister Crowley used to do it.”

Butler also claimed that Dio took other things from him:

“There’s a lot of things that he nicked off me that he claimed that he was the originator. But he made it famous, so I didn’t care. The [DIO] album title ‘Sacred Heart’; that’s where I used to go to school. And he called one of his songs ‘One Foot In The Grave’. I jokingly said, ‘We should call the album ‘One Foot In The Grave’.’ And then when he left [SABBATH], he called one of his songs that. He was very naughty about things like that. And when I did an autograph, I’d write ‘Magic’. So Ronnie started writing ‘Magic’ as well. In fact, he called his [DIO] album ‘Magica’. He was very naughty about things like that.”

He added the following when asked if he ever confronted Dio:

“Nah. Only about the devil horn sign.”

UPDATE: Butler has since clarified his comments on Twitter:

[via Blabbermouth]

Geezer Butler Says Deadland Ritual Might Not Continue

During a recent interview with Bass Magazine, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) revealed that his Deadland Ritual project with Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, etc.), and Franky Perez (ex-Scars On Broadway, etc.) may not continue. He said the following:

“We had about 13 or 14 songs written, and we were about to go into the studio when the pandemic came along. And now Steve won’t leave his house [laughs], and so I think the singer [Franky Perez] is doing something else, and Matt is doing something also.”

Butler went on to say that the group had “some really good stuff” and that he “might rescue” it for a future solo album.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Receives Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler has officially received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The bassist said the following:

“Second vaccination completed. Can I go to England now? #please #missingtherain #longestivebeenaway”.

Geezer Butler Rules Out More Black Sabbath Shows: “It’s Done”

During a recent interview with Eonmusic, Geezer Butler was asked if Black Sabbath would consider reuniting for one final show at Birmingham’s Villa Park. The bassist responded with the following: “There will definitely be no more Sabbath. It’s done.” Butler’s statement echoes recent comments that singer Ozzy Osbourne made in September.

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Working On New Book

During a recent interview with Wall Of Sound, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler revealed that he is working on a new book. He said the following about that:

“I’m currently putting together a book about growing up in Aston, Birmingham and how Sabbath came about… but I’m really enjoying semi-retirement and not having to do anything or be anywhere, especially after being away from home for most of the last fifty years.”

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) To Reissue Three Solo Albums

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler will be reissuing “Plastic Planet” (feat. Fear Factory‘s Burton C. Bell), “Black Science,” and “Ohmwork“ on October 30. The albums will be available on CD and vinyl with updated artwork and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith To Be Honored At Adopt The Arts’ Eighth Annual Benefit Concert

Adopt The Arts, the organization co-founded by Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.), have announced that their 2020 benefit concert will be held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA on May 12. The show will launch this year’s “Sound And Vision Awards,” which will honor Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and visual artist Shepard Fairey. In addition to Sorum, the event will also feature performances from Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Kushner (ex-Velvet Revolver), John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), and producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne). Sorum said the following:

“Doing these annual events for Adopt the Arts are always rewarding with so many great artists stepping in to help out. I’m very grateful for all of my musician and artist friends who I’ve met throughout my career that believe in this organization. I feel this year might be our best yet with the great Chad Smith and Geezer Butler along with the incredible Shepard Fairey as our honorees. This show is going to Rock!”