The new Ozzy Osbourne album is almost ready. According to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in an interview with Talk Is Jericho, the new album is being mastered now and features guest appearances from Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. Smith also notes they tried to get Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame on the album, but it unfortunately didn't happen.
These guests are in addition to producer Andrew Watt playing guitar, as well as contributions by Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duff McKagan, and Robert Trujillo.
"Tony Iommi and Ozzy have never collaborated outside of Black Sabbath. Tony sent us a bunch of riffs and we took what we thought was the best of 'em, which was fucking great. So Andy's on the bass doing fucking great — the bass on the song is amazing. And Tony sent us the riffs — files; he's in England — and we played to it. It's fucking got everything. It's got all the stuff that you would want. Ozzy loves it. And so he's on that track.
"Then Eric Clapton plays a fucking wah-wah Cream-type solo. We're, like, 'Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please. Eric, what do you think about this, with the wah-wah?' Because that's his fucking thing. And so he's soloing all over this other track. Then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page, we tried to get the holy trinity, but I don't think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately. But Mike McCready's on a track. Josh Homme, my neighbor from Queens, solos on a track. And then Zakk Wylde is on the record as well, all over it. So it's like if you're a guitar player, [it's] pretty fucking good."