Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Arrested After California Bar Brawl

Looks like we may have to rethink our list of metal’s biggest baddasses. 65 year old Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night in jail after being arrested for battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct. The legendary heavy metal musicians apparently got into an argument that turned physical at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park. He was later released after “detox and citation”, according to local police.

The arrest might seem shocking to fans of the bassist who know him as a thoughtful lyricist, vegan and lifelong supporter of animal rights. However, anyone familiar with Sabbath’s history know that the band got its start on the wrong side of Birmingham, England, the rough industrial town which gave birthed to many of metal’s most important acts.  Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has said the band has made plans for writing sessions in the hopes of following up their 2013 Rick Rubin-produced album 13.

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