Black Sabbath haven’t exactly carved their legacy on being advocates of a straight-edge lifestyle. Over the course of their career the band have harnessed the title of the most unhinged and debaucherous rockers in the industry. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, bassist Geezer Butler delved into his first experience with acid.
Butler recalled that the first time he partook in the hallucinogenic he took enough for a small army. The trip that ensued is described as being a completely nightmarish affair.
“Probably when I took my first acid. It was actually enough for four people, but I didn’t know, and we had a gig the next day,” Butler explained. “I thought I was a skeleton, I got in the van and they all went, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ I said, ‘Can’t you see? I’m a skeleton!'”
The rocker then went on to detail that in his blissed-out state, he thought that flowers in a nearby park were attempting to break into the van the band were travelling in.
“We were driving along and there was a park on the side of us with all these flowers in it, and I thought the flowers were trying to get into the van,” Geezer explained.
“I went on stage and thought it was on a boat and the crowd were waves. It was horrendous. I was watching my hand playing the songs and I thought it wasn’t connected to my body. Scary.”
That story is enough of a cautionary tale for me to never want to touch acid in my life. I can’t imagine living in a state so altered that I believed flora to be the enemy. We owe it to the rockers of the 70s for living enough that we’re able to live vicariously through them.
In related news, Black Sabbath recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. The shirt borrows from the band’s seminal Master of Reality album artwork, with 100% of net profits being donated to Black Lives Matter.