They are the creators of heavy metal, but that doesn’t mean that they listen to contemporary, modern metal. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler revealed that they don’t listen to much metal, at he launch of a Black Sabbath expedition in their homeland, Birmingham. More specificly, they said:
Geezer Butler – “I don’t particularly (listen to new metal bands). The Beatles, The Stones and The Kinks, that’s my kind of music.”
Tony Iommi – “I tend to listen to the more older stuff really. More the classic stuff than the newer stuff because I relate to that more.”
However, Black Sabbath are grateful to the musicians/bands who have stated that Sabbath is their influence. Butler said: “It’s absolutely amazing because we were put down by the press for so long, we didn’t really care about that because we always sold out at gigs and stuff in America. And it wasn’t until bands like Anthrax covered Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Metallica cited us as their influence, we were going, ‘We’re being praised?!’”.
What the two men admitted is something logical and natural. Everybody is listening to the music he/she grew up with. God, did you expect that Black Sabbath would listen to Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot or Korn? Come on!