Tragedies in Norway and the passing of musician Amy Winehouse have dominated the news headlines throughout the weekend.
On Friday, at least 85 people died when a gunman opened fire at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after seven people died in a bombing in Oslo.
In music news, the 27 year-old singer was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday, the cause of death unknown pending the outcome of an autopsy this week.
Among the many people who have offered their comments on both scenarios is Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler.
“It would be disrespectful of me if I didn’t mention the passing of one of my all time favourite musicians, Amy Winehouse. To me, she was, and is, up there with Billie, Bessie, Sarah, Dinah, Ella, and I was so looking forward to her new stuff, but will always love the old stuff. A tremendous talent taken from us. Her voice will live on longer than all the crap written about her.”
“On yet another sad note, my thoughts go out to the people of Norway, after such a terrible tragedy there. So shocking in such a peaceful, beautiful country.”
Butler said recently that he’s currently writing songs for a possible GZR album, as well as working on his autobiography, with tentative plans to release both next year.
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