Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has died
The musician has passed away after a long battle from lung cancer, aged 68.
Fellow Black Sabbath member, guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed the news on social media on Sunday morning, saying he was "deeply saddened" to have lost one of his closest friends.
Nicholls joined Black Sabbath after lead singer Ozzy Osbourne was displaced in 1979. “Geoff Nicholls was a great friend of mine for a long time,” Osbourne tweeted. “He will be greatly missed. I’m very saddened at the news.”
Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler additionally offered compassion over social media:
Nicholls first got his begin with NWOBHM furnish Quartz, playing guitar and consoles on their eponymous 1977 introduction. From that point, he was enlisted as a moment guitarist nearby Tony Iommi as the mainman measured the choice of proceeding under a name other than Black Sabbath. Changing to bass quickly before Butler returned and they expected work under the Sabbath moniker once more, Nicholls sunk into his part as the band's keyboardist once Butler was back.
He would have an on and off again status as a changeless individual from the band, however he never got the full treatment other full time individuals delighted in, put something aside for the Seventh Star visit. Nicholls would regularly perform from the side of the stage or behind it, once in a while serving as a mood guitarist also while Iommi played his performances.
Altogether, Nicholls played on nine Black Sabbath collections, beginning with Heaven and Hell in 1980 and on everything through 1995's Forbidden. He has even been the subject of open deliberation with respect to songwriting credits on the tune "Paradise and Hell," guaranteeing the basic yet notable bass line was of his creation as Butler was not in the gathering while the melody came to fruition.
The keyboardist rejoined Quartz when the band rejoined in 2011 and was keep going highlighted on 2016's Fear No Evil, contributing guitar, consoles and vocals to the collection. Nicholls was likewise a patron to Iommi and previous Sabbath artist Tony Martin's performance records.