BLACK SABBATH 11 - 11 -11 Announcement
Tony Iommi: Yeah, we didn’t open for Alice Cooper. (laughs)
Bill Ward: Yeah, we don’t remember Alice Cooper. It was a great time we played till four and about 48 hours before that and so for us it was just like the continuation of the party. So we showed up in top hat and tails and we are all extremely silly. But we rocked the place and it was great and it felt nice because we played a lot of small theatres and small clubs, obviously during second apprenticeship or first apprenticeship or whatever you want to call it, but coming back into a club, especially after doing the Forum and some of the other gigs we played in Europe, it was a nice touch. It was really good and everything was just good to go.
Tony Iommi: And we rented these white suits, these top hats and tails and when we went to take them back, they wouldn’t accept them.
Geezer Butler: No, they wouldn’t. It was actually filthy, (laughter) actually I sweated, it was so hot in the place and I play pretty hard, so I was sweating profusely, so I was down to my underpants…
Tony Iommi: Which is not a nice sight… (Laughs)
Geezer Butler: Ask him. He’ll tell you…. so they wouldn’t take my suit back, as a matter of fact, I’ve got it now, and I’m thinking about giving it to the Hall of something. (laughs)
Tony Iommi: Hall of excrement.
Q: How long have you four guys known each other?
Ozzy Osbourne: for 50 years.
Q: So what year would that be?
Tony Iommi: A long time ago. (laughs)
Bill Ward: I mean Tony and I played in a band, we were sixteen I guess…
Tony Iommi: Seventeen.
Bill Ward: That’s when we started playing together and we met Terry and Oz.
Q: It’s a pretty unique relationship the four of you have had over so many decades. What’s it like when you are in the same room and you see these faces that you’ve seen maybe almost as long as you’ve seen the faces of your parents.
Geezer Butler: It’s a real special thing. We have a good laugh and a good time and we are all relaxed with each other. We’ve known each other that long and it’s like putting on an old glove.
Q: Regarding the set list for the tour, outside of new material for the new album, what can we expect this time around? Any chance of any deeper cuts?
Tony Iommi: We haven’t actually got that far yet but I’m sure we’ll be playing new stuff and different stuff if that’s the answer to that. If you are expecting us to play the same set as last time, it won’t be.
Q: For the tour, do you think you’ll be playing more outdoor amphitheatres or do you prefer more indoor kind of arena rock? Any preference for the facilities you are going to play?
Geezer Butler: There’s not really any difference once you go stage, apart from when you are outdoor or indoor….
Bill Ward: I think if the band showing up and the audience is there, I don’t know if it makes that much difference. For me, from a very personal point of view, sometimes if we are outdoors and it’s a windy night the sound actually shifts across the stage, so that can be a little bit worrisome sometimes. Other than that, we just show up and we play.
Q: Any chance you are going to get to screw the lawyers and have one of your brothers guest appear and also, are you going to sing on the new album?
Bill Ward: I wouldn’t think so…
Q: Come on man.
Bill Ward: I appreciate what you are saying, but I want to focus with my drums and that’s my number one priority, and it’s always a learning process where I feel like we are in, and I’m certainly in as a drummer. So I just want to focus on being the best drummer I can be right now. But I appreciate the salutations. (laughs)
Q: It’s been said that anger and gloom can inspire the best rock and roll. Do you think that’s true and do you think that the current state of world affairs might inspire what you are doing now to the best degree in a long, long time?
Geezer Butler: It’s bound to have some kind of influence on what we write about as we always have done. We’ve always written lyrics about what goes on in the world and in our personal lives, so it’s bound to come out somewhere.
Q: Have you guys started to think about what kind of bands you guys would like to support you guys on tour?
Geezer Butler: No, not here, not yet
Q: When can we expect you guys Down Under?
Bill Ward: It would be nice to put that on the schedule, it’s been a long time since the original band was in Australia, and so I think it’s a must on a personal level.
Q: And what’s your favorite thing to do while you are in Australia?
Bill Ward: One of our favorite things to drive cars into the Ocean on Bondi Beach. I don’t think we are going to be doing that, and Ozzy and I always used to have a good fight in the water fountain at King’s Cross. So I don’t know. We had a strawberry fight and that killed it, so we’ll probably have a good time and we’ll want to rock and roll, so play some good stuff, some strong music for the Australian fans down there. We’ll be kind to them as well.