AC/DC Clears Up Knife Incident With Black Sabbath

By | September 3, 2003 at 12:00 AM

AC/DC has come clean about a knife-pulling incident during the group’s 1977 tour opening for Black Sabbath in Europe. In the Cash For Questions fan feature in the new edition of the British music magazine Q, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young confirms that Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did pull a knife on his opening act.

Young’s version of the story: “We were staying in the same hotel, and Geezer was in the bar, crying in his bear, ’10 years I’ve been in this band, 10 years-wait till you guys have been around 10 years, you’ll feel like us.’ I said ‘I don’t think so.’ I was giving him no sympathy. He’d had many too many [drinks] and he pulled out this silly flick knife.”

Young continues that it was Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne who diffused the situation. “As luck would have it, Ozzy walked in,” Young said. “He goes, ‘You f-kin’ idiot, Butler-go to bed!’ Ozzy saved the day, and we sat up all night with him.”

AC/DC will dip into its past for the November 11 release of Live At Donnington, a two-hour concert DVD filmed at the group’s 1991 concert at Castle Donnington Park. The package includes a director’s cut by David Mallet and a 5.1 SurroundSound mix by AC/DC sound engineer Mike Fraser.

AC/DC is working on a new studio album, which the group plans to release in 2004.