While promoting his biography, former Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler shared that while he remains in touch with other band members including guitarist Tony Iommi and former drummer Bill Ward, he and Ozzy Osbourne no longer speak because of something that went down between their wives.
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“Yeah, he’s always been there for me. You know, he’s a good friend. We can slag each other to death. It’s like marriage, really. You have terrible arguments, you fall out and you come back together. But he’s always there. He always is. I hope he is after this book as well. I still love Bill (Ward), but he’s not on the Internet. If you want to talk to Bill, you have to e-mail his wife and she has to tell him. It’s really awkward," he said of Ward and Iommi. "Ozzy I don’t speak to at all.”
When asked if he thinks there's a chance those lines of communication will open back up at some point, Butler said, "I very much doubt it. We didn't fall out; it was the wives.”
Telling the same, but slightly skewed story in his book, Geezer alluded to all things being “fine,” not mentioning the zero contact between former band members. Writing “Me and Ozzy are fine, it’s just that we’re both ruled by our wives. He’s got a big heart and was always there for me.”
If like us, you’re wondering went exactly down between the wives, unfortunately your guess is as good as ours.
To check out Geezer Butler’s entire interview with Ultimate Classic Rock — click here.