Ozzy Osbourne Has “13 or 14 Really Strong Songs” For Next Album
Ozzy Osbourne has been making productive use of his pandemic downtime, returning to the recording studio with Ordinary Man producer/writer/guitarist Andrew Watt despite having just released that album last year. And according to the man himself, he’s already made significant progress on what will eventually turn into his next album.
While chatting with “Ozzy Speaks” co-host Billy Morrison on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Ozzy shared a few insightful nuggets on what’s been going on inside the studio lately.
On the cast of characters involved this time around, he hinted at some special guests: “Some interesting people are gonna be on the album, which I can’t really disclose,” he said. Bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) comprised his backing band for Ordinary Man, with Watt himself handling guitar, but it’s unclear if they’ll be involved again. Watt previously told Guitar World that Robert Trujillo (Metallica, ex-Ozzy) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) had been involved in the writing process this time around.
Osbourne shared about his working relationship with Watt and the progress on new material so far:
“[Andrew] goes in with a band. He gets some things going, and I’ll go, ‘Yeah, I like that,’ ‘No, I don’t like that,’ ‘That’s okay.’ We’ve got, like, 13 [or] 14 really strong songs.
Asked if he still gets excited about making music, Ozzy said:
“Of course I get excited. It’s something that’s creative that I can get my head around. When I get something really special, I go, ‘Yes, this is a winner.’ There’s one [song] called ‘Patient Number Nine’. It’s one we wrote about Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife/manager] and I.”
Longtime Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, who did not play on Ordinary Man, recently revealed he isn’t involved with the next effort either, but is ready and willing any time the Ozzman calls him up for touring duties or to fetch milk and eggs from the supermarket.
The European leg of Ozzy’s “No More Tours 2” farewell trek, which will also feature Judas Priest, is scheduled to resume in 2022. Dates below.
Jan. 26 – Germany – Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena [Tickets]
Jan. 28 – Czech Republic – Prague O2 Arena [Tickets]
Jan. 31 – Switzerland – Zurich Hallenstadion [Tickets]
Feb. 02 – Hungary – Budapest Budapest Arena (no Judas Priest) [Tickets]
Feb. 05 – Spain – Madrid WiZink Center [Tickets]
Feb. 08 – Italy – Bologna Unipol Arena [Tickets]
Feb. 11 – Germany – Mannheim SAP Arena [Tickets]
Feb. 14 – Germany – Hamburg Barclaycard Arena [Tickets]
Feb. 17 – Finland – Helsinki Hartwall Arena [Tickets]
Feb. 19 – Sweden – Stockholm Friends Arena [Tickets]
Feb. 21 – Germany – Dortmund Westfalenhalle [Tickets]
Feb. 24 – Germany – Munich Olympiahalle [Tickets]
Feb. 27 – UK – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena [Tickets]
Mar. 01 – Ireland – Dublin 3Arena [Tickets]
Mar. 04 – UK – Birmingham Resorts World Arena [Tickets]
Mar. 07 – UK – London The O2 [Tickets]
Mar. 09 – UK – Manchester AO Arena [Tickets]
Mar. 12 – UK – Newcastle Utilita Arena [Tickets]
Mar. 14 – UK – Glasgow The SSE Hydro [Tickets]