Geezer Joins the Hartke Family
For Immediate Release: June 20, 2012
Bass Legend Geezer Butler Joins The Hartke Family
Hauppauge, NY â€“ Hartke is pleased to announce the addition of legendary bassist Geezer Butler to its family of artists. Best known as the co-founder of the iconic band Black Sabbath, Butler has been a mainstay in the hard rock community for over 40 years. A prolific songwriter, Butler is credited with being the first bassist to experiment with alternate tunings, wrote most of Black Sabbathâ€™s famous lyrics and was influential in creating the bandâ€™s now famous sound. He has also served as a major influence playing with Heaven and Hell, and his own project, GZR. Geezer joins a stable of Hartke players including Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Jack Bruce (Cream), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Will Lee (Late Show with David Letterman) to name a few.
â€œItâ€™s a true honor to welcome Geezer to the Hartke family,â€ states Director of Marketing for Hartke, Mark Menghi. â€œNot only is he a pioneer of the bass guitar, but his musical contributions have been instrumental in forming the foundation for what the hard rock and metal genres have become today.â€
This past April, Butler was a surprise guest at the Metal Masters 3 clinic at West Hollywoodâ€™s Key Club. Playing through Hartkeâ€™s new Kilo Bass Amplifiers, he performed a finale rendition of the Black Sabbath fan-favorite â€œHole In The Skyâ€.
Butler also featured his Hartke setup at the 2012 Download festival in the UK on June 10. Over 100,000 fans watched Butler and Black Sabbath close the worldâ€™s premier music festival.
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