Guitarist Tony Iommi recently confirmed to Rolling Stone that he appears on one song, that he also wrote, on his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming solo album.
“I wrote the whole track and played on it and played the solo on it,” Iommi says. “It’s horrible, really. … No. I’m joking. No, it’s good. It’s really good. And I like what Ozzy sang on it. I think he did a really good job. And I think they had Chad [Smith, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS] play drums on it. I’ve left it in their hands now.”
When asked how often he keeps in touch with Ozzy, Tony said: “We’re in touch quite a lot. We don’t really speak because we are useless on the phone, the pair of us. I think we stopped that when he used to phone me at 2 o’clock in the morning and I’d go, ‘Oz, it’s 2 o’clock in the morning.’ ‘Oh, oh, sorry. All right. Bye.’ He forgets about what time it is in England, and of course when the phone goes at that time of the morning you think, ‘Oh, Christ. What’s that? Somebody’s died or something has happened.’ And of course it’s him going, ‘Oh, oh, oh, oh, sorry. I didn’t know it was that time.’ So we tend to sort of just text now.”
Ozzy recently confirmed that 15 songs have been recorded for his follow-up to 2020’s “Ordinary Man”. The album, produced by Andrew Watt, will feature such notary musicians as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Robert Trujillo and Zakk Wylde.