singer Corey Taylo
r was present at last Saturday's (November 10) Bass Player Live
event in Los Angeles among musicians paying tribute to Black Sabbath
bassist Geezer Butler
Asked by Artisan News
to comment on the bassist's input in Black Sabbath over the years, Taylor dubbed Geezer an underrated member of the band, especially when compared to kudos Tony Iommi
and Ozzy Osbourne
get from the metal community.
"This is a long time coming, as far as I'm concerned,"
Corey said about Butler's honoring. "Black Sabbath created a template for what heavy metal is and - everyone gives credit to Ozzy, everyone gives credit to Iommi, but Geezer's bass playing was so key to the heaviness of that band, still is, to be honest. Whenever anybody does a Black Sabbath cover, it always sounds wrong because Geezer was the spice in the mix like that."
More prominent rockers chipped in their thoughts on Geezer's impact, with Megadeth
's David Ellefson
saying that he originally thought Butler used a pick to achieve the unique sound. Sebastian Bach
of Skid Row
fame noted that Geezer is a true "bass star,"
praising the latest Sabbath effort "13
" as their "best one ever." Jason Newsted
named the fact he is performing at the even before "the man himself"
of his career, while Zakk Wylde
decided to focus on Butler's lyrics, praising them as equally crucial as the playing style.
's Mike Dirnt
might have summed it all up in a best way. Asked about what Geezer meant for bass, Mike replied, "He is the bass."
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