Andrew Watt, Producer/Guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s Ordinary Man, Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Andrew Watt is the latest notable metal/ hard rock musician to test positive for the the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. (at least that we know of). Although he’s largely known for his work with rapper Post Malone, Watt produced, played guitar on, and helped write Ordinary Man, the Ozzy Osbourne album released last month (read our review). He’s also worked on recent popular releases by Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Charli XCX, and other non-metal acts my five kids tell me are cool.
In an Instagram post (below), Watt revealed that “12 days ago, early morning of March 6th, I started feeling like I was hit by a bus. I couldn’t move out of my bed for days and started to run a fever.”
The statement goes on to explain that although Watt is expected to make a full recovery, COVID-19 is no joke:
“My fevers have gotten much better and I have begun to have somewhat of an appetite again, but it is very hard for me to breathe as a result of this pneumonia. I am laid out in bed chugging Gatorade and using an oxygen machine to give my lungs as much relief as possible.”
“I am 29 years old. I am a healthy young man and I am going to get through this no matter what. I am going to make a full recovery. But there are so many people in my life and in the world that could possibly not get through this due to their age and/or a compromised immune system… To have the mentality ‘I’m young, this can’t affect me’ is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you.”
Ozzy recently revealed that he planned to begin work on another new album with Watt this month, although presumably those plans are now on hold, especially given the reported 8% mortality rate for those afflicted with the virus who are between the ages of 70 and 79 (Ozzy is 71).
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, I hope Watts makes a speedy recovery. Take Andrew’s advice, everyone — please be careful out there.