Ozzy Osbourne released his first new album in 10 years Ordinary Man this month and he’s already thinking about the next on. Osbourne tells iHeart Radio that he’s hoping he can get into the studio with producer and guitarist Andrew Watt to start working on the next one.
With this album, because I was so miserable the last year, it was a relief just to get and do something that I love to do. I had no deadlines. And I’m hoping that next month I’ll go and do another album with Andrew. I might as well, while I’m not doing gigs.
The „I’m not doing gigs“ bit is in reference to the cancellation of the North American portion of his No More Tours 2 tour.
Ordinary Man features guitarist Watt, bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N‘ Roses), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot). It seems feasible for Ozzy to do another solo record in a short period of time too, considering Watt recently said Ordinary Man was written and recorded in four days.
„The day after [the vocals for ‚Take What You Want‘ were recorded], Ozzy texted me, like, ‚I want you to make an album with me.‘ I was, like, that would be amazing, but can I do this? I picked up the phone and called up Chad Smith. I said, ‚Dude, Ozzy just asked me to make an album for him. Are you down to do it?‘ And he said, ‚Are you fucking kidding me? When?‘ Then I called up Duff McKagan from Guns N‘ Roses and he said, ‚Are you fucking kidding me? When?‘
„We wrote and recorded Ozzy’s entire album, musically, in four days. There was no premeditation. The three of us just got in my basement, put on headphones, looked at each other, and wrote 12 songs, 10 of which constitute the album. It was magic. I don’t even remember it. Then Ozzy came over to my basement to listen to the music. I played him all 10 tracks at full volume, and at the end he just goes, ‚It’s cool.‘ And my heart just fuckin‘ went into my gut. He was, like, ‚I’ll call you tomorrow.‘ Stands up, gets his cane, goes upstairs. I go, ‚Oh my God, he hated it! What do I do?‘ He calls me the next day, like, ‚Okay, so when do we start writing?‘ I sound like I’m making this up, but he comes over the next day, and we made Ozzy’s entire album from top to bottom — all music, guitar solos, all vocals written — in four weeks. It’s the proudest of anything I’ve ever been, because it brought the 12-year-old kid out of me again. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pop music that I make, but this is what I feel like I was born to do: play rock guitar. I got to be fuckin‘ Randy Rhoads in 2019.“
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