Let's celebrate Geezer Butler's continued badassery with this full Black Sabbath concert from 1970 in Paris

We've all heard the news by now that longtime, original Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler was arrested and spent the night in jail in Death Valley, Calif., after being involved in a brawl in a saloon. The sixty-five year-old, who wrote most of the band's lyrics, was arrested for battery and released the next day. What would you ask him if you were locked up with the guy, in a jail cell together, becoming best friends? I'd want to know every single detail about the lyrics to (and true story behind)  "Fairies Wear Boots," myself.

What better way to celebrate Geezer Butler's legacy of decades of badass-hood than to revisit their awesome TV documentary concert film showing the very young act performing to an even younger audience in Paris in 1970? I once spent $20 for a cheap DVD of this show, and now thanks to the miracle of science (and ad-driven websites) you can watch it all for free. You kids have no idea how easy you have it, do you?

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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