Geezer Butler to Get Star on Walk of Fame


Date: SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2018 Time: 15:00 -19:00


On Saturday, 3rd February, Geezer Butler, co-founding member, bass player, songwriter and lyricist of Black Sabbath, will receive a star on the Birmingham Walk. As an avid supporter of Aston Villa, Butler will receive his star during the half-time show at the game vs. Burton FC.

Born in Aston, Birmingham on 17th July 1949 as “Terence”, Geezer Butler got his name from the schoolyard – often calling fellow classmates by the nickname “Geezer”. He formed his first band with fellow Black Sabbath member, Ozzy Osbourne, in 1967. The two were called “Rare Breed. With the addition of Tony Iommi and Bill Ward in 1969, the foursome decided on the new name “Earth”. Soon after realizing there was another band close by with the same name, they decided to change it; and so, Black Sabbath was born.

Since their inception in 1969, the band has sold over 70 million records, been honoured with accolades such as two Grammy awards for “Best Metal Performance”, and were included in Rolling Stones magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list. The band is also credited as being the pioneers of “heavy metal”.

Recognized as being one of the most influential and proficient bass players in heavy metal, Geezer is also for writing lyrics that still have depth and meaning in today’s society. Celebrated by fellow artists, Geezer was called the “Godfather and pioneer” of the bass guitar by former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted.

Receiving his star at the Aston Villa home game on Saturday the 3rd, Geezer will celebrate with friends and family as he is honoured by the Westside Business Improvement District. The presentation of the star will take place at the half time show.

Note to Editors: The Westside Business Improvement District (BID) was voted in by 350 businesses in the area, in August 2015, with a 99.75% yes vote (the best in the United Kingdom). The BID ensures the Westside region is promoted and protected.

The Birmingham Walk of Stars was developed to recognise those who were born in Birmingham or have lived here and have put the city on the map nationally and internationally through their work.

This Walk of Star presentation is in partnership with Aston Villa, Home of Metal and Hollywood Monster.


  1. Ralf Schulz says

    CONGRADULATIONS…will give it a kiss every time I go to Villa Park -promised!
    Now it is time to plan the FINAL knees up – a Villa Park Show in the Close season – some tome…

  2. Can we also give a shout-out to his lyrics? I have a friend who’s a Zeppelin fan, and I’m always razzing him about the difference between:

    The synonym of all the things that I’ve said, are just the riddles that are built in my head.


    Oh, oh oh, oh oh. You don’t have to go, oh oh, oh oh.

    • Why don’t you select some other Zeppelin lyrics???? Sure they has some of the most cringe worthy lyrics at times, but never all the time! Select some others that say something, it is easy! Geezer wrote some great lyrics, but not all the time! Lets get into some real lyric writers, Peter Sinfield, Neil Peart, Ian Anderson, Roger Waters, Jon Anderson & many others!

  3. i hear local band NETHERHALL e playing at the event another fine up and coming rock band from aston just like the MIGHTY SABBATH

  4. Geezer is a legend and deserves his star and I have heard of netherhall making waves lately

  5. mick and liz says

    fair play Mr Butler

    saw sabbs on mob rules

    The Birmingham kings of metal and the king of bass to be honoured
    I hope Netherhall can follow in the footsteps of them saw them at bloodstock last year


  6. The most important member of Sabbath after Tony Iommi.Contratulations to him.Rock on.

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