Geezer Butler isn't ruling out a one-off reunion for Black Sabbath, according to a new interview, although he doesn't seem it on the horizon.
"If it came up I wouldn't say never. I can't imagine it ever happening, but then I said that about the Sabbath tour, and it happened, so who am I to know?" the bassist said.
Black Sabbath officially retired in 2017 after their 'The End' tour, and while Butler says he's still in touch with former bandmate Tony Iommi, he "[hasn't] seen Ozzy at all."
"I've seen Tony and Bill [Ward, original drummer] at a couple of awards things we've done, and me and Tony stay in touch through emails, but that's about it. But it's good between us. It's like having brothers. You don't have to be in touch," he said.
Currently playing in band Deadland Ritual, alongside former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and singer Franky Perez, Butler admitted that he has no plans to join another band after Sabbath wrapped up.
"I thought I'd been in my last band," he tells Classic Rock. "I even swore to myself that was it, never again. I didn't even pick up a bass for a year. I did believe in retirement – until I actually did it," he said.
"I got addicted to watching TV every day and became a couch potato. So when Matt Sorum called to ask if I'd be interested in joining a band, I said yeah. Life is better when I've got a band on the go, definitely. I've been in a band for the past fifty years. It's just what I'm used to. I thought I could do without it, but I can't. So I'm glad to come out of retirement. I'm trying to get it all off now, get all my fat off,"
The band released their first track 'Down In Flames' last year and followed it up with 'Bruised & Broken' (below) earlier this month. They're currently in the process of writing songs for their debut album.
"We've got three songs recorded already, produced by Greg Fidelman who engineered the last Sabbath album 13. Then there are another nine songs we've written together,"
"The material is less bluesy than Down In Flames and not really what you'd class as heavy metal. It's not like a modern heavy band, like thrash and all that stuff. I think it's more like the old Sabbath kind of hard rock,"
"I've just written one set of lyrics so far, for a song called 'City Of Night'. That's about coming to the end of your life and wondering what it was all about. There's a song called Broken & Bruised. Franky has written a couple of lyrics about mental health, and one of those is called Walking Into Walls. It's terrible over here in LA, because there's a horrendous number of homeless people that are homeless because of mental health,"
"We've really got to prove ourselves again, which is something I've been missing for a long time. We're just another band. If we were a 'supergroup', we wouldn't be playing small clubs and we wouldn't be fifth on the bill at festivals. If you look at yourselves as superstars, you may as well pack it in. We've got seven new songs in the set, and we're coming to people that have never heard them before, so that's a bit more of a challenge, So it'll be interesting to hear what the reaction is."