When people hear the pulverizing bass guitar of Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, driving and defining some of the most inventive and heaviest riffs ever created, few probably realize that not only are they listening to only one of the most influential bass players in Rock music but a vegan one as well.
Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath has become not only one of the originators of the genres of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal but one of the most famous bands of all time. Bassist and lyricist Terry "Geezer" Butler and Drummer Bill Ward joined up with guitarist Tony Iommi and singer John Michael "Ozzy" Osborne to create a heavy rock sound that has sold millions of albums and influenced countless musicians.
As a young boy, Geezer sliced into a piece of meat and became uncomfortable when he saw the blood running from it. When he naively asked his mother where the food had come from, the answer "animals" horrified him so much, he refused to eat them ever again. As a lover of animals, this was so unacceptable to him, that it was the start of a lifelong pursuit that led to the removal of all animal products from his life. Recently, leather strap company, Heavy Leather NYC, has even honored him with their only vegan offering, the Geezer Butler Signature Strap. He's been a spokesman for People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and along with his wife, an ardent supporter of a protest movement to help put an end to puppy mills. In a video he recorded for PETA, he states, "There are so many cats, dogs, and other animals that need homes, there's no reason to buy one in a pet shop when you can just get one at a shelter. Hopefully, someday we'll see the end of puppy mills." Rock on, Geezer!