Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley bar fight

Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, left, was arrested following a bar fight in Death Valley.
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Geezer Butler, the longtime Black Sabbath bassist, allegedly has a knack for bashing listeners offstage as well.

The 65-year-old Terence Michael Butler was arrested Tuesday on charges of misdemeanor assault, intoxication and vandalism at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley National Park.

According to BBC reports, Inyo County police said that an argument at the bar involving Butler quickly escalated into a physical confrontation. Police arrived shortly after midnight and reported a broken window and one person struck during the altercation.

Butler was arrested and released after what police described as “detox and citation.” He gave a Beverly Hills location as his address, and later took to Twitter to express remorse.


“Thx for your messages & support following the unfortunate altercation that occured,” he wrote.

Butler was one of three original members of the pioneering heavy metal band, which included singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi, who reunited in 2012 and released a bestselling album, “13,” the following year.

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