BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler joined APOCALYPTICA and singer Franky Perez— guest vocalist on APOCALYPTICA‘s 2015 record “Shadowmaker” — on stage this past Tuesday (October 4) at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada to perform the SABBATH song “War Pigs”. Video can be seen below.
Butler and Perez, both live in Las Vegas and were the featured musicians on APOCALYPTICA‘s “I’ll Get Through It”single, which came out earlier this year. The song was written for the band by American award-winning songwriter Diane Warren. The collaboration was born out of a visit Geezer and Franky paid to their friend Diane, who had already written the track “Not Strong Enough” for APOCALYPTICA, included in their 2010 record “7th Symphony”.
“Franky and I were visiting my friend, Diane Warren, at her studio,” said Geezer. “She played us this song, saying that she thought it would work well with Franky‘s voice. He gave it a try on the spot. We loved it. Franky then suggested sending it to APOCALYPTICA. They loved it, and the rest is history.”
Perez agreed. “I knew this song was special from the moment Diane Warrenplayed it for Geezer and me,” he said. “So much so, that I framed the lyrics from the session the very next day. They have been hanging on my wall ever since. This song speaks to me lyrically which made for an honest performance. Musically, there is no better collaboration than Geezer and APOCALYPTICA to do the song the justice it deserves. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.”
“I’ll Get Through It” is the first collaboration with APOCALYPTICA and Perez since singing on “Shadowmaker”. ￼APOCALYPTICA, according to Perttu Kivilaakso. “We are more than thrilled working with our great and talented friend Franky Perez again!” he said.
Perttu said: “‘I’ll Get Through It’ is a meaningful and beautiful song by an incredible songwriter Diane Warren, with whom we’ve also had the pleasure of working with before. We can’t wait for you to hear the final result… falling in love again with Franky‘s sensual performance, Geezer‘s earthshakingly powerful bass, and our wistfully haunting cellos, among the inevitable presence of all the rhythms and groove!”