If you are a pop band, don't say you're a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys.
Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream.
To me, Sabbath was always just a really heavy blues band. That s all we were. We just took those blues roots and made them heavier.
It doesn't matter who you vote for. It's still the same billionaires that run the world.
Black Sabbath was written on bass: I just walked into the studio and went, bah, bah, bah, and everybody joined in and we just did it.
Toward the later days of Sabbath, instead of going in and knocking out what songs we did in rehearsal, we would polish them to death.
Without a doubt, Ozzy is the craziest person I've ever met. Son of Sam is a close second.
The Geezer album, Black Science, had a lot of keyboards and it did not work.
What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That's what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence
I don't feel a lack of hope. It's just disappointment that after all these years we're still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people.
The '80s were the worst period. You had these horrible pop bands growing their hair and calling themselves metal.
When you see all of these bands citing you as influences, it makes you feel relevant
I would not want to write something about something I do not think about
During our first meeting, Tony Iommi was a great jazz guitarist, his capabilities cover all styles - Black Sabbath has even narrowed his horizons.
I'd sort of dabbled in Black Magic, not practicing it, but I was interested in it. All these horrible things kept happening to me - a lot of my aunts and uncles started dying and I was seeing all these bloody things visiting me during the night.
Ozzy wanted to get us back together. It's been 20 years. We did a couple of songs during his farewell in 1992 and that got the ball rolling.
I was so frustrated in Sabbath after the last few albums. I just didn't like the musical direction Sabbath was going in
I never try and sound like Sabbath
I like to deal in the reality of life. I'm too old to sing about women and things like that.
I've been perfectly happily married for 25 years, and have a nice life. Inane things don't interest me
I love soccer. That's all I ever watch. I'll watch it all day if I can. But I'm too bloody old to play now.
If you polish things too much, it loses the feeling
I never picked a bass up before Sabbath started
Lately, Ive been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!
To do the Ozzfest again would be great. I'd like to finish with a final Sabbath album. You always feel that it is still a challenge.
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