If there is something that rock knows about, besides alcohol, sex drugs and some other pleasures, transgressions and excesses, it is fights and punches, like the one that Charlie Watts stocked to Mick Jagger when the singer lowered the price of the drummer within the band, or Vince Neil’s to Izzy Stradlin, in reparation for a bad moment that Guns N’Roses had put the wife of the singer in Mötley Crüe.
They also remained in history Chuck Berry’s pineapple Keith Richards tackled with his face, after daring to take his old rock and roll hero’s guitar in his hands while in his dressing room, and the one Kid Rock left stamped in the middle of Tommy Lee’s, with Pamela Anderson in the middle.
And if we look inside borders, some of Norberto ‘Pappo’ Napolitano, the slap of Charly García Argentine punk pioneer Marcelo Pocavida with his subsequent skirmish and some other episodes reveal that the marriage between boxing and rock also has its local connection.
Founder of rock giant AC / DC The photo that AC / DC uploaded to remember Malcolm Young. Malcolm Young death death singer passed away died musician file photo
But going back to the international level, as some TV news anchor would say, a new battle has just come to light that one of the founding members of AC / DC fought a long time ago, guitarist Malcom Young, and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler.
The one who just a few days ago brought up that old dispute again was Mark Evans, former bassist for the Australian band, which he recorded on the discs TNT, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap and Let There Be Rock during his time in the band, from 1975 to 1977. The musician, who now plays in the band Rose Tatoo, went through one of the podcast episodes Let There Be Talk where revived the tensions between the two gangs in the mid-1970s.
Evans recounted that “Malcolm got into trouble with Geezer Butler for some reason …” and that He “ended up knocking him out”. “I dont know why but hit him, killed him … There was a story that someone had a gun or a knife. And the next morning, as we were leaving town, Mal said: ‘I have to stop at the hotel and go there’ ‘“recalled the bassist, adding that the episode left them out of the tour that both bands had been sharing.
Apparently, the sound of “teeth gnashing”According to Evans, he did not give many chances for everything to continue as if nothing had happened. In fact, things were not going quite well because, on some occasions, the AC / DC guys left the stage in such a state of disorder that the Sabbaths had to take longer than agreed to accommodate everything and go out to scene.
The “satanic” boys of Black Sabbath, far and long ago, in the hectic ’70s.
By the way, according to what he also recorded NME, Evans’s memories are in line with those of his old bandmate, Angus Young, who in the still close December 2020 recalled the same event, dated on April 21, 1977 in the city of Lund, in Sweden.
According to what the magazine published Ultimate Guitar, Young explained: “The thing with Geezer Butler … I think they were drinking in a bar, one night and I think Geezer had some knife or something and showed it to Malcolm. “
So far, everything more or less bearable. The point is that the AC / DC did not sit still looking at the “weapon”, but got to work. “Malcolm took it off her, and asked: ‘What are you going to do now?’“In Angus’s version, there was no response and it would all have stayed there. Or so it seemed.
The poster announcing the passage of Black Sabbath through Sweden as the central number, with AC / DC as the opening band. The tour ended earlier than planned.
Because the next day Malcolm woke up with some guilt, mainly because he understood that the situation they had experienced did not contribute much to the touring climate and he thought: “I’d better go and say ‘I’m sorry’ the night before. “Except that on the way he ran into Ozzy Osbourne, and there was a change of plans. The dialogue went more or less like this:
-Ozzy: What are you doing here?
-Malcom: I had a little interdict with Geezer and his knife …
-Ozzy: Him and that fucking knife. Don’t apologize to him, Mal, go tell him to fuck off!
Black Sabbath model 1998, when the fight between Butler and Young was only a memory, although with different spices depending on who told it. / AP Photo
Judging from the reconstruction of history, good old Malcom took the order of the prince of darkness well to heart, and more than sending him where he had recommended to do it, the AC / DC first knocked on the door of the room where Butler was, and immediately touched the bassist’s face, which in Evans’s version finished KO
A few decades later, in an interview with Classic Rock, It was Butler himself who referred to the incident, but assured that it would all have been a misunderstanding.
“I always he had prop knives when I was a kid, because in Aston (Birmingham) everybody used to go around stabbing each other … I was showing it when Malcolm Young came up to me and started criticizing Sabbath. We were having a drink and I was playing with the knife, waving it, and he came over and said something like: ‘You must think that you are more important, for having a knife …’ And my answer was: ‘What are you talking about? And that was it. Nobody was hurt”.
However, the account of his eventual contender, who died in 2017, does not match that of the bass player. No, at least, the one he gave to Q magazine in 2003. On that occasion, Malcom explained: “We were in the same hotel and Geezer was at the bar, having a beer, whining about something. He complained that he was wearing the band like 10 years. And he said to me: ‘Wait, you guys have been together for a decade too. You sure feel the same as us.’ And of course, I said no. I was pretty blunt. “
Guitarist and AC / DC founder Malcolm Young recalled that it was Ozzy who “saved the day.”
It is seen that this determination of the musician was what destabilized Geezer, who would not have received a good response from his colleague. “He had gone too far with the drink and ended up pulling out a stupid razor. I was very lucky, because Ozzy ended up showing up and sent him to bed. Ozzy saved the day, and we ended up spending the whole night with him, “he noted.
Of course, the next morning, not a word.