Ozzy Tried to Get Jimmy Page to Guest on His New Album
Patient Number 9, the upcoming new album from Ozzy Osbourne, already features a number of esteemed guitarists, but, in a new interview with Metal Hammer, the Prince of Darkness reveals he tried, unsuccessfully, to get the biggest of them all: Jimmy Page.
“I don’t even know if he plays any more, but I thought getting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page meant having the greatest guitarists on the planet. But I never heard from him. Maybe he’d lost his phone or something.”
Clapton, Beck and Page are all former members of The Yardbirds, the ’60s band most notable for launching the careers of the three guitarists, each widely acknowledged to be amongst the best and most influential of all time.
The Ozzman gathered an impressive list of guests for his new album—in addition to the previously-mentioned guitarists, Patient Number Nine features six-string masters like Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde (his first Ozzy collab since 2007) and Josh Homme, plus guest appearances from the late Taylor Hawkins, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
In April, Smith appeared on Chris Jericho‘s Talk is Jericho podcast to discuss his appearance on the album, saying:
“We tried to get Jimmy Page — we tried to get the holy trinity — but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately.”
Last week, Osbourne and Iommi made their first on-stage public reunion since Black Sabbath called it a day, performing renditions of “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” at the Commonwealth Games in the UK.
You can see Ozzy on tour in 2023.
Wed 3 | Finland, Helsinki | Hartwall Arena [tickets]
Fri 5 | Sweden, Stockholm | Friends Arena [tickets]
Sun 7 | Germany, Dortmund | Westfalenhalle [tickets]
Wed 10 | Spain, Madrid | WiZink Center [tickets]
Fri 12 | Italy, Bologna | Unipol Arena [tickets]
Sun 14 | Germany, Munich | Olympiahalle [tickets]
Wed 17 | Hungary, Budapest | Budapest Arena [tickets]
Fri 19 | Czech Republic | Prague | O2 Arena [tickets]
Sun 21 | Switzerland, Zurich | Hallenstadion [tickets]
Wed 24 | Germany, Hamburg | Barclaycard Arena [tickets]
Fri 26 | Germany, Mannheim | SAP Arena [tickets]
Sun 28 | Germany, Berlin | Mercedes-Benz Arena [tickets]
Wed 31 | UK, Nottingham | Motorpoint Arena [tickets]
Fri 2 | UK, Newcastle | Utilita Arena [tickets]
Sun 4 | UK, Glasgow | Ovo Hydro [tickets]
Wed 7 | UK, Manchester | AO Arena [tickets]
Sat 10 | Ireland, Dublin | 3 Arena [tickets]
Mon 12 | UK, London | O2 Arena [tickets]
Wed 14 | UK, Birmingham | Resorts World Arena [tickets]