Thursday, October 22, 2015
Black Sabbath 1972 Drug Bill Resurfaces
Heavy metal inventors Black Sabbath (particularly singer Ozzy Osbourne) have been known over the years for their excess use of drugs in their non-stop party rock n' roll life style. It would seem now that just how much they spent on cocaine in 1972 has come back to light.
In 1972 alone Black Sabbath ended up spending $75,000 on cocaine, which may not seem like much by today's standards but if you adjust for inflation I'm sure it would seem like a hell of a lot more. The album Vol. 4 that the band had recorded the same year only cost them $60,000. Go figure.
In an interview with The Guardian guitarist Tony Iommi says:
“We were young blokes, doing what young blokes do. Nobody could control anyone else. I was doing coke left, right and center, and Quaaludes, and God knows what else. We used to have [cocaine] flown in by private plane.”
Vol. 4 was almost called Snowblind (after the track of the same name about cocaine) due to the fact that the band was so enamored with the drug. The liner notes even say: “We wish to thank the great COKE-Cola Company of Los Angeles.”
It was around that time that Geezer Butler the bassist tried to jump out a hotel window while on acid, after which he started to get away from the drug aspects of the rock n' roll life style, saying: “Tony and Bill [Ward] had to hold me down on the bed. I started going off drugs after that.”
I think the message here is that drugs are bad, mmkay?