Ozzy – ‘The Last Four Years Have Been Very Difficult for Me’


Ozzy Osbourne introduced prolonged touch upon his impending album Affected person Quantity 9 after its haunting identify observe emerged on Friday (June 24). The rocker shared a brand new interview the place he touched on his fresh difficulties — together with contracting COVID-19 this spring — amongst dialogue in regards to the album.

That incorporates the 73-year-old rocker and “Prince of Darkness” praising the trouble's collaborators comparable to Jeff Beck, Zakk Wylde and Tony Iommi, his former Black Sabbath bandmate. Osbourne additionally mentioned making the album helped take his thoughts off his issues.

Learn the interview close to the ground of this submit.

Osbourne teased the Jeff Beck-assisted “Affected person Quantity 9” previous within the week. Its father or mother album, Osbourne's thirteenth solo studio effort and his first since 2020's Odd Guy, arrives in September. Osbourne printed he'd finished the album previous this 12 months.

The lyrics of “Affected person Quantity 9” dramatize the plight of a psychological medical institution affected person. Remaining 12 months, Osbourne mentioned it was once written about Sharon Osbourne, the media character who is his longtime spouse and supervisor. (“There may be one [song] referred to as ‘Affected person Quantity 9,'” Ozzy mentioned on his radio display Ozzy's Boneyard, in keeping with Steel Injection. “It is one we wrote about Sharon and I.”) The music was once written via Ozzy with manufacturer Andrew Watt, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Ali Tamposi.

Remaining week, Sharon mentioned Ozzy was once “at the street to restoration” after his fresh neck and backbone surgical treatment. Ozzy additionally shared a recuperative message. The musician's accidents stem from a 2003 ATV twist of fate that required earlier surgical treatment. Ozzy examined sure for COVID in April. Due to this fact, so did Sharon.

Affected person Quantity 9 is out Sept. 9. Pre-order it right here. Learn the entire Ozzy interview under.

Photograph via Ross Halfin

Photograph via Ross Halfin

Ozzy Osbourne on Affected person Quantity 9

Q: That is your first album to be launched after the pandemic. What was once going thru your thoughts all the way through the early days of the pandemic and are any of the ones emotions mirrored in those songs?

OZZY: Neatly, I used to be vaccinated and boosted and I nonetheless stuck COVID after all. My remaining album (Odd Guy) was once launched only a few weeks sooner than the pandemic began, and I used to be on the subject of on the point of pass into the studio to paintings in this new one when the sector close down. It is no secret that the remaining 4 years had been very tricky for me however making this album took my thoughts off of my issues.”

Q: The album options some avid gamers with whom have historical past. What was once it love to be reunited with Tony Iommi musically?

OZZY: It was once actually nice running with Tony. He is the riff grasp. Nobody can contact him in that appreciate. I most effective want we had those songs for Black Sabbath's 13 album.

Q: Zakk contributes so much in this album — how was once the verdict made to have him play since he did not play at the remaining album?

OZZY: Zakk is a part of my circle of relatives and all the time will probably be. The album wanted that weight that his taking part in supplies. He simply got here in and actually looked after issues out.

Q: Let us know in regards to the first unmarried, “Affected person Quantity 9,” which options Jeff Beck. What do you are feeling he has contributed to the music?

OZZY: The music is set a psychological establishment. Having any individual like Jeff Beck play on my album is simply implausible, a complete honor. There is no different guitar participant that performs like him and his solo on “Affected person Quantity 9” is simply jaw-dropping.

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