Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Reveals 2015 Arrest Was for Punching a ‘Drunken Nazi Bloke’
Legendary Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has opened up about his 2015 bar brawl arrest. According to Butler, he punched a “drunken Nazi bloke” in the face after he spewed some antisemitic beliefs to Butler.
Back in January 2015, we reported that Geezer had been arrested after a bar fight in Death Valley, Calif. The only information available at the time was that an individual had been struck and a bar window was broken. In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, however, Butler shared his side of the story for the first time.
"My sister-in-law had just died, and I'd gone to Death Valley in California just to get away from it all,” Geezer says. “Not just that, everything — Christmas, New Year's, everything like that. I went down to the gift shop in the hotel, and there was this nice Western bar there. I thought, 'I may as well have one before I go to bed.' It was the strongest beer I've ever had in my life. The next thing I know, this guy started mouthing off about something. He was, like, some drunken Nazi bloke. He recognized me, and because I was in the music business, he started going on about Jews and everything — Jews this, Jews that. My missus is Jewish and I'd just had enough, and me hand sort of met his chin. I whacked him one."
Geezer continues, "I was absolutely legless at the time. I don't know what happened, but one minute I was in this bar, and the next thing I was being arrested. I woke up jail. That was bad enough, but waking up with a hangover was horrible. I was totally ashamed. I should have just walked away. But when you get pissed out of your brains, you don't know what you're doing."
According to Geezer, has hasn’t had a drink since the incident. Black Sabbath are currently touring around Europe before visiting North America and South America later this year. There's no word yet on where they'll finish their final tour.
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