geezerbutler400 Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has been arrested following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, Calif.

Booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of Terence Michael Butler, the 65-year-old was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism on Tuesday (Jan. 27). Butler has since been released “after detox and citation,” the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department said in an official statement.

“Shortly after midnight on Jan. 27, sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation,” the statement says. “After the Inyo county sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation — resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.”

Butler has also been Black Sabbath’s primary lyricist since co-founding the group in 1968. He remained with Black Sabbath through 1985, served an early-’90s stint and has been back with the group since 1997 — a period of rebirth that included the hit Ozzy Osbourne reunion album 13.

photo courtesy of TMZ


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  • Taskerofpuppets on

    F–k yea! Give em’ hell Geezer. Always fun to see a 65 yr old rocker throw down in Death Valley.

  • James K. on

    Damn Geezer! 65 and still has some hell raisin’ left!

    I signed on to this site to help pass the time while laying in an ER room. I screwed my back up pretty severely and when I saw this story, it made me laugh a little, which hurt a lot.

    • Dana on

      Oh James,

      I am so sorry to hear that and I hope that you are feeling better ASAP. But, I am glad this article made you laugh through your pain.

      All my best,
      D from 🙂

    • Carlos Perez on

      I finally got registered lol. Geezer still going off! Feel better James. There is nobody more nice or sincere here than Dana, it is appreciated. =)

    • Dana on

      Aww shucks, thank you as always Carlos, you made me blush. 😀

      Great seeing you back on the board.

      D 🙂

    • Carlos Perez on

      I’m glad =), and thank you

    • Harry Taint on

      Get better soon James K!!

  • T on

    C’mon Geezer. Getting into bar fights is beneath you at this point in your life. Just expect that people will want to start shit with you, because you’re famous, and don’t put yourself in that position.

  • Harry Taint on

    I believe Geezer and Malcolm Young got into a fight when AC/DC was supporting Sabbath in the mid- late 70s.

  • Sean Koepenick on

    I’m sure he can get a good lawyer. So speaking of Sabbath, if Ozzy is doing solo stuff in 2015, Iommi should do a Fused II with Glenn Hughes and then TOUR it. Now that California Breed is done, why not?

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