Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is the latest rock star working on a memoir.
Butler mentioned the new project during an interview with Cleveland.com when asked whether he allows himself “to bask in the legacy of Black Sabbath.”
“Yeah, sometimes,” began Butler. “At the moment I’m writing a memoir. I started out because when my parents died I always wished I’d asked them a lot more things than I knew about. I don’t really know much about my mum and dad, ‘cause they were always just there. So, I started writing a memoir for my grandkids to read, and that’s been fun going through stuff — old times and growing up in Birmingham and all that. I’m right in the middle of doing that at the moment.”
Butler would become the third member of Black Sabbath to release a memoir. Ozzy Osbourne released I Am Ozzy in 2009, and Tony Iommi released Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath in 2011.
The kind of stories Butler would include in the book is anyone’s guess, but he did share quite the anecdote during his Cleveland.com interview about when Black Sabbath lived together back in 1972.
“It was mental. Completely mental! We used to have bucketloads of cocaine there, and we had this big bowl in the middle of the table, full of cocaine,” recalled Butler. “One day Ozzy noticed this button below one of the windows; He kept pressing it, ‘I wonder what this does?’ The next thing, the police turned up — it was a panic button. And there was us with this great big bowl of cocaine in the middle. So, we dumped all the cocaine down the toilet and ran upstairs to get rid of our own stashes. The coppers went, ‘What’s the problem?’ ‘Oh, nothing…’ ‘OK, see ya…’ And we’d dumped about five grams of cocaine down the bog!”
Call it a hunch, but that’s probably one of many “hide your stash” stories from Black Sabbath.