Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Calls Entwistle ‘Revolutionary’


Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler had some kind words to say about one of his mentors, John Entwistle of the Who. Entwistle, known as “the Ox,” died last week (June 27) in Las Vegas, one day before the Who was to kick off its latest tour.

“He revolutionized bass playing with his bass solo in ‘My Generation’ and he brought bass technique and bass players to the forefront in rock music,” said Butler in a statement.

Entwistle’s style was one of the main inspirations that led to one of Butler’s most famous compositions, the bass solo at the beginning of Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.”

Butler is currently at home in England, rumored to be writing songs for a forthcoming solo album, although a management representative couldn’t give out details or confirm it at press time.

The Who has opted to continue its scheduled tour with bassist Pino Palladino. The tour started Monday (July 1) in Los Angeles.

Darren Davis courtesy of Launch