Enlarge Vocalist "will be heading into the studio with my band" after completing Black Sabbath's farewell tour.

Ozzy Osbourne Confirms Plans to Make a New Solo Album

  • Axl Rosenberg

Last week, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath keyboardist Adam Wakeman revealed that Ozzy plans to make another solo album after completing Sabbath’s currently in-progress farewell tour. Which is all well and good, ‘cept Wakeman ain’t the boss, so it seemed somewhat irrational to take his word for it.

But now the boss has spoken, and we can take Wakeman’s word for it.

This is Ozzy himself in a new interview with Metro.us (by way of Metal Injection):

“I have a few things jotted down [for a solo album] and once Black Sabbath is off the road, I will be heading into the studio with my band to get the songs recorded. Once it’s all in the can you can be sure to see me back on the road again.”

I don’t know what “a few things jotted down” means, exactly. Last I heard, Ozzy doesn’t play an instrument. So I guess he means lyric ideas? Does that mean there’s music already written? If so, who wrote it? Wakeman co-wrote a whole lotta Ozzy’s last album, Scream, which strongly suggests that Wakeman should not be allowed to write any of Ozzy’s next album. It’s possible that Gus G. has been writing stuff, which would be encouraging news. It’s also possible Ozzy only has lyric ideas and no music to go with ’em.

It’s also possible I’m overthinking this.

It’s also also possible this album never comes together for whatever reason, despite what Ozzy says. But I doubt that. I’d guess we have a new Ozzy album metaphorically in hand sometime in 2018, with an accompanying tour, natch. At that point, Ozzy will be seventy, so his live performances should only increase in quality. That’s how the human body works — it gets better with age. Right?

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