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Black Sabbath Had $75,000 of Cocaine Smuggled in for Vol. 4 Recording Sessions

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Musicians Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath appear at a press conference to announce their first new album in 33 years and a world tour in 2012 at the Whisky a Go Go on November 11, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lots of bands have secrets behind their recording processes, but Black Sabbath had about $75,000 of cocaine smuggled in for one of theirs.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne recall getting the drug smuggled in.

The band had a $75,000 budget for cocaine and made sure to get the drug in secretly for the recording of 1972’s Vol. 4.

Iommi said that the large amount of cocaine was flown in on a private plane and was responsible for frequent visits from fellow musicians.

Osbourne said that the song “Snowblind” was inspired by the band’s coke use.

Would you be surprised by any bands from the ’70s NOT doing drugs?


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