Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler describes bar room brawl as ‘unfortunate altercation’

Bass player was arrested on assault charges on January 27

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has thanked fans for their support following his arrest earlier this week.

As reported, Butler was arrested following a bar brawl in Death Valley, California. He was in the Corkscrew Saloon bar when a fight broke out on Tuesday night (January 27). He was arrested on charges of misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism.

Tweeting fans after news of the arrest broke, Butler referred to an “unfortunate altercation” and wrote:

According to a sheriff’s report, an argument “escalated into a physical confrontation” which resulted in an “individual being struck”.

Butler plays bass in Black Sabbath alongside frontman Ozzy Osbourne and guiatrist Tony Iommi. Last year, before a gig in London’s Hyde Park, Iommi stated that the performance could be the band’s last outing due to his ongoing health problems. However, the band will reunite for one more album, which is expected to be their last ever record.

Black Sabbath have released 13 studio albums since forming in 1968. The current line up of the band sees Iommi and Osbourne joined by third original member Geezer Butler on bass.