Ozzy Osbourne + Geezer Butler: Rock’s Latest Unfortunate Feud
Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler are at odds, and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t bum us out.
Back in June, Butler released his memoir Into the Void. In the book’s epilogue, the bassist shared he and Osbourne don’t speak due to a falling out between their wives. He wrote, “Me and Ozzy are fine; it’s just that we’re both ruled by our wives. He’s got a big heart and was always there for me in times of trouble.” Apparently, a falling out between Sharon Osbourne and Butler’s wife, Gloria, has led to some tension between the Black Sabbath bandmates.
Despite Butler saying he and The Prince of Darkness are “fine,” it appears Osbourne isn’t “fine” at all about their situation.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone UK, Ozzy shares Geezer hasn’t called him at all during his many health struggles of the past five years. He added that Tony Iommi has been very supportive during his health issues. Ozzy also said that Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been in contact, despite ongoing tension with him.
“We all grew up together, and he can’t pick up the f—ing phone like a man and see how I’m doing,” said Osbourne. He added that the falling out between their wives was between the wives, not them.
“Are you really going to hide behind your wife’s skirt because of that?” noted Ozzy.
After Osbourne’s comments to Rolling Stone UK received a lot of attention, Butler took to Instagram to respond.
He wrote, “Rumour has it Ozzy is upset, saying he never received my get well messages. I made two different attempts at getting in touch during his illnesses. My first email (8 Feb, 2019) went through his office because I didn’t have Ozzy’s new number to text him. Sharon responded, but I didn’t hear back from Ozzy.”
Butler added, “Eleven months later (21 Jan, 2020), I emailed Sharon to check on Oz. That email went unanswered.”
He concluded, “I don’t want to engage in a tit for tat. Having made two attempts to wish Ozzy well, without a reply, I figured it best to privately keep him in my thoughts.”
The comment section of the post was filled with supportive messages. Glenn Hughes wrote, “Class, lad.” Meanwhile, Alex Skolnick wrote, “My (very) brief time in their camp was mid-90s, with you on bass, an experience I’ll always cherish. Sorry to hear the dysfunction (which you understandably stepped away from a few months later) hasn’t gone away. Well expressed, Geez.”