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Black Sabbath Members Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Remember Type O Negative Frontman Peter Steele

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Original Black Sabbath members Terry "Geezer" Butler (bass) and drummer Bill Ward have each posted a message online, which pays tribute to Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, who tragically passed away last wednesday from a suspected heart failure. The messages read as follows:

Geezer Butler: "I was so saddened to hear of Pete Steele passing away. He truly was one of the nicest blokes I’ve ever met. He came to the first G//Z/R gig, in New York, showing his support for us. I last saw him in Copenhagen, on the Heaven & Hell tour, where he interviewed me for a bassist to bassist piece. We had lots of fun talking together. I always maintained that the best Sabbath cover was Type O’s version of 'Black Sabbath' on the Nativity In Black album. I always looked forward to hearing what he’d come out with- he was always surprising, musically, and such a very special person. One of the truly great ones has now left the stage. R.I. P. Pete- Bog Blast yea."

Bill Ward: "The flamboyant ambassador of metal’s substratum is dead. I am diverted from my next indicated thing to do. I am compelled to pause and digress and re-listen to one of my all-time favourite bands, Type O Negative. I fall into memorable moments, to enhance my first discoveries of Peter Steele.

"I don’t want to believe he’s died. I’ve felt in shock since the early morning sad news of today arrived. Peter Steele – a brilliant musician, songwriter, singer has died. His death is a tragedy and heartbreaking. His passing is an enormous loss to the Metal community and to music period.

"In music, he challenged life itself in a poetic, prophetic, charismatic and extraordinarily insightful way. A world observer, a teller of tales, a renaissance man, a man from the future, a powerful force in today’s maladies and life challenges.

"This man will not be forgotten. I raise my goblet of water and praise him. I thank him, and I burn candles and desire incense aromas to fill our house, now illuminated in his honour. Candles burning outside flicker, and the sea crashes onto the shore. We are still. We are in memory.

"Peter, you will be celebrated forever."

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1. metalmayhem writes:

Wow...that is simply awesome. So great to hear that he had the utmost respect from icons such as Geezer and Bill. He deserves nothing but praise. He will truly be missed and his music will carry on.

# Apr 16, 2010 @ 11:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. xsrg13 writes:

looks like everyone has a heart for Peter. RIP

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. HereticPrincess writes:

Wow great comments from those two.

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Dying_Isis writes:

Peter would be happy to hear that I'm sure. Geezer must have been a huge influence on his playing/songwriting.

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. mae writes:

I cried ever so softly when I heard of Peter's passing. His voice has resonated with me from the first time I heard it passionately sing....... RIP Peter Steele, you are and shall be missed

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 5:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Marco writes:

Two of the greatest tributes yet.. Still cannot get over how truly sad this is. Will never forget the few times i was fortunate enough to meet Peter.. an absolute gentleman in today's world of primadonna's. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us all..

"Goodbye cruel world..."
Goodnight big man .. RIP ☭

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 7:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Lordgytrash writes:

One word. WOW!

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 8:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. T K writes:

It would be awesome if the Sabbath members could do a Type O cover-tribute

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 9:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RememberMetal? writes:

Now that would be something...to see the original lineup of Sabbath cover a Type O song in Petes honor.

I hope someone can orchistrate a fitting tribute album for the man. It's the least the heads of the metal community can do to celebrate the memory of this larger than life frontman.

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. xlilr0b2x writes:

peter will be missed

# Apr 17, 2010 @ 8:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. HarvesterOfSorrow18 writes:

RIP..great comments from two legends

# Apr 18, 2010 @ 4:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. lexiism writes:

i was ever SO ECSTATIC to find this was an april fools joke, jeeze metal underground way to crush my mood into a million and one pieces for a couple minutes there...

# Apr 19, 2010 @ 6:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^The word dumbass really doesn't do you justice.

# Apr 22, 2010 @ 1:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. scronge writes:

lexiism. your card should have been dealt instead of peters.

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