Ozzy Osbourne says that he has already commenced work on his next studio album
Legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne has revealed to Metal Hammer magazine that he has plans to record a new LP in 2024. “I’m getting myself fit,” he said. “I’ve done two albums fairly recently, but I want to do one more album and then go back on the road.”
Ozzy added that he is hoping to reunite with producer Andrew Watt and record the LP at his new studio in the U.K.
“I’m just starting to work on it now, and we’ll be recording in the early part of next year,” he said. “I want to take my time with this one.”
Ozzy Osbourne also offered an update on his health after undergoing his “final surgery” this month.
“I’ve had all the surgery now, thank god,” he said. “I’m feeling okay — it was just dragging on. I thought I’d be back on my feet months ago, I just couldn’t get used to this mode of living, constantly having something wrong. I can’t walk properly yet, but I’m not in any pain anymore and the surgery on my spine went great.”
In 2019, Ozzy Osbourne underwent extensive spinal surgery and received other medical treatments as a result of a fall at his home, which exacerbated injuries he had sustained in a nearly fatal quad bike accident back in 2003.
In July of the current year, Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel his scheduled appearance at the upcoming Power Trip festival due to his persistent health challenges.
Ozzy Osbourne has faced various health setbacks, including contracting COVID-19 about a year and a half ago, which led to the cancellation of some of his previously announced concert tours.
Despite these health difficulties, the iconic frontman of BLACK SABBATH expressed his willingness to return to performing if his condition improved.
Notwithstanding his health issues, Ozzy Osbourne has managed to grace the stage on a couple of occasions in recent months. He performed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August 2022 and also appeared at the NFL halftime show during the season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills in September 2022.
At the 65th annual Grammy Awards held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, Ozzy‘s album “Patient Number 9” secured a Grammy in the “Best Rock Album” category.
Ozzy Osbourne has a history of Grammy success, having previously won three Grammy Awards and receiving eight nominations. In 1993, he won a solo Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” with “I Don’t Want To Change The World,” and as a member of BLACK SABBATH, he clinched Grammys for “Best Metal Performance” in 2000 with “Iron Man” and in 2013 with “Best Metal Performance” for “God Is Dead?” from the album “13.”
Released in September 2022, “Patient Number 9” marked Ozzy‘s 13th solo studio album. The album received critical acclaim and achieved record-breaking chart positions worldwide. In the United States, it debuted at No. 1 on multiple charts, including Top Album Sales and Top Current Album Sales (a first for Ozzy), Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Vinyl Albums, and Tastemaker Albums charts. It also reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Globally, the album hit No. 1 in Canada (Ozzy‘s first-ever No. 1 there) and reached career-high No. 2 positions in the U.K., Australia, Finland, and Italy. It charted at No. 6 in the Netherlands and New Zealand, No. 8 in Belgium, and No. 14 in France. Other notable positions include No. 2 in Austria, Germany, and Sweden, No. 3 in Switzerland, and No. 4 in Norway.
For “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy collaborated with renowned producer Watt for the second time. The album featured an impressive lineup of guest musicians, including BLACK SABBATH co-founder Tony Iommi, guitar legends Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of PEARL JAM, and the talented Zakk Wylde, who played on most of the tracks. Chad Smith of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS handled drum duties for most of the album, while the late Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS contributed to three songs. Additionally, Robert Trujillo of METALLICA, a longtime friend and former Ozzy band member, played bass on the majority of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES and Chris Chaney providing bass on a few songs.