Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has reportedly been arrested following a bar brawl in Death Valley, California.
TMZ reports that Butler 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.
According to a sheriff’s report, an argument “escalated into a physical confrontation” before an “individual being struck”. The full press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office can be seen below:
“Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park. After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation – resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.”
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.