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OZZY OSBOURNE On TONY IOMMI's Contributions To His New Album: "I Only Wish We Had These Songs For BLACK SABBATH's 13 Album"

"He's the riff master."


Ozzy Osbourne announced his new album Patient Number 9 last week alongside a stream of the title track. Patient Number 9 features a lineup of guitarist and producer Andrew Watt, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and bassists Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, and Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction. The album also features guest appearances from guitarists Jeff Beck, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Eric Clapton.

On Iommi's appearance, Ozzy said "It was really great working with Tony. He's the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath's 13 album." All we're saying is that given this sentiment, maybe Ozzy and Iommi could get together and do one last Black Sabbath record? Perhaps with Bill Ward on drums? Ozzy also talked a little bit about Wylde's appearance, adding "Zakk is part of my family and always will be. The album needed that weight that his playing provides. He just came in and really sorted things out."

On Patient Number 9, Ozzy said writing and recording the record took his mind off how rough things have been lately (which I'm sure included his recent surgery).

"Well, I was vaccinated and boosted and I still caught COVID in the end. My last album [Ordinary Man] was released just a few weeks before the pandemic started, and I was just about getting ready to go into the studio to work on this new one when the world shut down. It's no secret that the last four years have been very difficult for me but making this album took my mind off of my problems."

Patient Number 9 is available for pre-order here.

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