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Zakk Wylde Says He Had “Nothing to Do” with Ozzy’s New Solo Album

  • Axl Rosenberg

Ten years ago, Ozzy Osbourne unceremoniously fired Zakk Wylde via the Internet and replaced him with the equally-brilliant Gus G… except that he didn’t have Gus do any writing for what was then his next album, Scream, ostensibly turning the Firewind mastermind into a session player.

Now Zakk and Ozzy are back together and Ozzy is recording another (and very possibly final) album, and it sounds like poor Zakk has once again been shut out.

In a new interview with the Cassius Morris Show, the guitarist revealed the extent of his involvement with Ozzy’s new record… and that extent is non-existant:

“We didn’t do anything on that. Ozz, he just jammed with some friends that he knows. He was just like, ‘Hey, Zakk, I ended up tracking some of the stuff’ or whatever. And I was like, ‘Oh, great, Ozz.’

“That Post Malone thing [“Take What You Want”] I heard was awesome. Post came down to a Black Label [Society] show about maybe — I don’t know — almost half a year ago or something like that, before the Ozzy thing. But he just came down and he was, like, ‘Hey, Zakk, what’s happening?’ A really cool guy and everything like that. When I heard the track, Ozzy sounds great on it, man. But no, I didn’t have nothing to do with the stuff that Ozz just recorded.”

Funny enough, when Vince first reported on the new Ozzy offering last month, he speculated that the release could maybe potentially actually be good, “Especially if Zakk Wylde is involved.” Sad trombone.

So the question at this point is, “Will Zakk eventually record guitar parts for the new Ozzy album, even if he didn’t write any of its material?”. I can’t imagine at this point he’d release an album that didn’t include Zakk. But then Ozzy has been doing things I wouldn’t imagine he’d do for the past twenty years, so who knows.

While we wait to find out, fans will have a chance to see Ozzy and Zakk together this coming winter in the U.K. and Europe and next spring and summer in the U.S. and Canada after his previous solo tour was postponed.

Tickets are available here! All dates below.

U.K. / Europe:
Jan 31: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Feb 02: Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland
Feb 05: Manchester Arena, UK
Feb 07: Newcastle Utlilta Arena, UK
Feb 10: London The O2, UK
Feb 12: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Feb 14: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK
Feb 17: Dortmund Westfalenhalle, Germany
Feb 20: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Feb 22: Stockholm Friends Arena, Sweden
Feb 24: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
Feb 26: Vienna Stadhalle, Austria
Feb 29: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
Mar 03: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germany
Mar 05: Munich Olympianhalle, Germany
Mar 07: Mannheim SAP Arena, Germany
Mar 10: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
Mar 13: Madrid Wizink Arena, Spain
Mar 16: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland

Wed 5/27 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
Fri 5/29 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
Sun 5/31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Tue 6/2 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Thu 6/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat 6/6 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
Thu 6/11 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sat 6/13 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Tue 6/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 6/18 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
Sat 6/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Mon 6/22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Wed 6/24 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Fri 6/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sun 6/28 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Wed 7/1 Milwaukee, WI Amer. Family Ins. Amp–Summerfest
Fri 7/3 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Tue 7/7 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Thu 7/9 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sat 7/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Wed 7/15 Portland, OR Moda Center
Fri 7/17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Thu 7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat 7/25 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed 7/29 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Fri 7/31 Las Vegas, CA MGM Grand Garden Arena
TBA July Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

[via Loudwire]

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