This Saturday during the half-time show of the match between Aston Villa and Burton FC. Geezer Butler, co-founder, bass player, and songwriter of Black Sabbath, was the latest public figure honoured with a star for the Birmingham Walk of Stars which stretches from outside Symphony Hall and along Broad Street.
Westside Business Improvement District Director and Chief Operating Officer for THSH, Nick Loveland joined Geezer Butler at the Aston Villa home game on Saturday 3 February, where the Birmingham-born Black Sabbath bassist was presented with the star in recognition of his work, which has put Birmingham on the map nationally and internationally.
Geezer, born Terence, was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1949 and got his nickname in school - often calling other friends by the nickname "Geezer". Black Sabbath was his first band, formed with fellow Brummie Ozzy Osbourne, who also got a Walk of Star in 2007. The band, credited as the pioneers of heavy metal, was formed in 1969 and has since sold 70 million records, won two Grammy awards for "Best Metal Performance", and were on the Rolling Stones magazines "100 Greatest Artist of All Time" list.
Geezer is recognised as one of the most skilled and influential heavy metal bass players in the world, but also celebrated for his ability to write heartfelt lyrics that still have a huge impact on today's society, and inspired many more people to pursue heavy metal. Jason Newsted, the formed bassist for Metallica, said that Geezer was the "Godfather and pioneer" of the bass guitar.
An avid football fan and Aston Villa supporter, Geezer was presented with the star during the half-time show of their match against Burton FC on Saturday. Geezer celebrated with friends and family as he was honoured by the Westside Business Improvement District, which was voted in by 350 businesses in the area, including Town Hall Symphony Hall, in August 2015. The BID ensures the Westside region is promoted and protected.