In an interview with the Birmingham Mail
(via Ultimate Classic Rock
), Tony Iommi
has revealed that the schedule for Black Sabbath
's ongoing tour has had to accommodate for bassist Geezer Butler
's obsession with soccer.
Geezer has arranged his personal schedule so that he doesn't miss a single England match during the Brazil World Cup
and has reportedly been booking out pubs and hotel lounges throughout Europe so that he can watch the matches. Says Iommi:"Geezer is a huge football fan. He's been watching every game he can, no matter who's playing — but the England matches are especially important. We're all hoping that England turns it round on Thursday night, and that there will be cause for celebration. But I've warned Geezer not to burn the midnight oil too often, or he'll be too tired for the gigs!"
Should England advance to the second round of the competition, there could be an issue; the quarter final fixtures clash with the band's headline performance at Hyde Park on July 4th. Such a clash looks unlikely though. After losing 2-1 to Uruguay during last night's match (19th June), the England team is on the brink of being eliminated from the competition.