You might have thought that metal icons Black Sabbath
always had a fan base that took great pride in following and enjoying the work of legendary Birmingham four-piece, but bassist Geezer Butler
begs to differ, as he recently drew an interesting parallel between the group's early days and none other than Coldplay
As Butler told the Telegraph
, although the band had achieved great success with their first three records, they were still often labeled as the "rock's lowest common denominator."
"It was like admitting to liking Coldplay nowadays,"
Geezer explained , "where you like them, but you pretend you don't."
Singer Ozzy Osbourne
also had a confession to make, as he admitted that the main reason why Sabbath didn't make a record eleven years ago was his own ego.
"I was riding on this f--king cloud of being television's new megastar for five minutes,"
the singer said. "I was doing well on my own, so it took me a while to get that balanced out in my head. I mean, it's not Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. It's f--king Black Sabbath. It's different from me doing my own thing."
As far as the future of Sabbath goes, Ozzy pointed out that everything mostly depends on guitarist Tony Iommi
and his health.
"It depends on Tony,"
Osbourne said. "At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment. He's had chemo and radiotherapy, and now he's on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it's gone for good. I'm sure it has. But you never know with that stuff."
The riff lord chipped in with a brief conclusion and an ironic chuckle, saying "It's all down to God."
The latest Sabbath studio effort, "13
," dropped on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Records, earning the metal icons their first No. 1
on the Billboard 200 chart in history, as well as the first No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart
in 43 years.