Black Sabbath star Geezer Butler had to cut “at least 50 pages” from his memoir for legal reasons.
The 73-year-old rocker, best known for being part of the heavy metal band alongside Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne, has revealed that while writing his memoir ‘Into the Void’ – due out June 6 – he said that the “original manuscript was deemed unsuitable for modern readers” and he was forced to omit part of its content when lawyers took action against the publisher.
He told the Sunday Times: “At least 50 pages of it [had to go]! I had gotten this whole thing back from them: ‘You can’t say that; You can’t tell. I said, “I was with Black Sabbath, not the Osmonds.”
Geezer – real name Terence – also explains in the book that the band eventually stole various items from gigs and sold them for junk after firing band manager Patrick Meehan and finding themselves without much money despite signing a major record deal.
He said: “God knows how much Warner Brothers has pushed the albums forward. Apparently it was one of the biggest sums of money in the record business. We just wanted to make music.”
Meanwhile, the “Sweat Leaf” hitmaker suffered a nervous breakdown in 1998 shortly after the band got back together, adding that all these years later he’s unable to really enjoy anything or cause “misery” over anything feel medication he is taking.
He said; “I think it’s probably because of the antidepressants I’m taking. You can’t really get excited about anything. but you must not be unhappy about anything.”
Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath and Beyond is scheduled for release on Thursday, June 8th.
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