Friday, May 18, 2012

Black Sabbath bassist talks homecoming concert

Members of the mostly-reunited Black Sabbath will play their first hometown show in 13 years at Birmingham’s 02 Academy this Saturday.

The partial reunion continues despite original drummer Bill Ward declining to participate based on the unwillingness of the group and its representative to negotiate a respectable contract; as result, the group have hired a substitute to handle drum duties.

"Well, rehearsals are finally finished, and now for the nervous part, playing our hometown gig,” writes bassist Geezer Butler. “Since it is a warm-up show, there will probably be a few glitches, but remember it's all in a good cause, since we'll be donating to the Help For Heroes charity, a fantastic charity that helps our troops who have been wounded in recent wars. No matter what your feelings about the wars are, these men and women willingly dedicate their lives for our defence and freedom. I hope the people who are making profits by re-selling the tickets to real fans find it in their hearts to do the right thing and donate at least some of their gains to the charity. Here is the link. Thanks for caring. Geezer."

Learn about Help For Heroes here.

Semi-Sabbath will follow-up their hometown show with dates at Download (June 10) and Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 3).

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Olympia Theater – Paris, FR – December 20, 1970

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