Zakk Wylde says that “it is an honor” to play on the future Ozzy Osbourne album with some of his guitar heroes.
The guitarist who has been a member of Ozzy‘s solo band to and from for 35 years, was excluded from the legendary heavy metal singer’s LP from 2020 “Ordinary man”, which was the first Osbourne efforts to be produced by Andrew Watt.
After Ozzy recently confirmed it Zakk, Erik Clapton, Jeff Beck and Tony Iommi everyone makes an appearance on his “work-in-progress” follow-up “Ordinary man”, which is provisionally due at the beginning of 2022, Wild talked about his involvement in the LP during a talk with “Australian rock show” podcast. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “If you would have told me when I was 15 that I would play on a record with Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck and Erik Clapton, I would have been like, ‘Yeah, okay. We’re probably going to pizza with them too. ‘ It’s just like, ‘Yeah, okay. Either way, man. ‘ But yes, it is certainly quite surreal. It’s an honor. Of course, they are all my heroes – Ozzy [and] all, all the other guys. [It’s] certainly a humiliating, honorable moment. “
November last year, Zakk told “The Cassius Morris Show” for which he did not contribute to the songwriting process Ozzys upcoming album. “Basically, everything was already written,” he said. “I would change a few things here and there, go into certain riffs or something like that – you know, do my own thing about them. But it was pretty much already done. But that’s how we did it – [2001’s] ‘Down to earth’, I think, was more like where everything was pretty much written before I got in there. So I just do my stuff, put on my solos and stuff like that. But yes, I’m really happy with the way it turned out. “
Ozzy previously said that 15 songs have been recorded for his upcoming LP, which will again be produced by Watt.
Zakk told Music Radar Beck “certainly sounds slapping” on the upcoming Ozzy album. “The same goes for all the guys – what Tony Iommi played, and so Erik Clapton and Jeff Beck, the whole thing is definitely killer. On those tracks, I play rhythm guitar for my heroes … it’s crazy! That sounds great, and I’m very honored to do so. “
Last fall, Ozzy told Metal hammer magazine that his new album will be “similar in tone ‘Ordinary man’, but I can not describe it completely. I have not heard it for a while because it keeps going over to the next person to add their parts – we fuck around with it all the time, “he said.
Watt associated with Osbourne after the meeting Ozzy‘s daughter Kelly to a friend’s party and pitch her on the idea of Post Malone and Ozzy collaborate together.
In December 2020, Watt told Guitar world that he and BLACK SABBATH the legend was “halfway through” the new LP. “There are some songs in there that are eight or nine minutes long, which are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it,” he said.
Like “Ordinary man”, which offered Watt on guitar, Duff McKagan (FAVOR A ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums, Ozzy‘s next album will feature guest appearances by a number of other notable musicians. “There are a bunch of people involved,” Andrew told Guitar world. “I can ‘t say that for sure before the end, but I started making a lot of basic numbers with it Chad and Robert Trujillo [METALLICA], who used to play in Ozzy‘s band. And Taylor Hawkins [FOO FIGHTERS] also came in and also played a bunch on the record, which adds another flair – it returned a bit to Ozzy80s era in a great way. And I think it’s so cool for a rock fan to be able to listen to half an album with Chad Smith on drums, and then you turn it over and you get to hear Taylor Hawkins. And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And there was no point in that Ozzy or I do it again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel that we will achieve that. “
Wild previously told Classic Rock that he was not disappointed to be excluded from “Ordinary man”. “Not at all,” he said. “I thought he and Andrew Watt did a good job. I understand why I’m not in the studio. Ozz once said to me that he would not be lead singer in BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: ‘You have your own thing now, so go for it.’
“I do not have to be involved in everything Ozz do. I will always be there for him and Sharon. If they call now and ask me to go over to feed their dogs for three days … then I’m there. “
In April 2021, Zakk told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” that he checked out some of the songs “Ordinary man” and liked what he heard. “It came out cool,” he said. “I watched the videos and all that sort of thing. It’s cool, man. And Andrew and all that sort of thing – yes, it was rocking. ”