Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album Came Together Very Quickly
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith appeared on Ozzy Osbourne’s Latest Album Ordinary Man, playing on all the tracks. Andrew Watt, who played guitar with the duo gave a new interview with Billboard the guitarist reveals how his collaboration with Osbourne for the upcoming Ordinary Man album came about.
“I was like, that would be amazing, but can I do this? I picked up the phone and called up Chad Smith,” recalled Watt. “I said, ‘Dude, Ozzy just asked me to make an album for him. Are you down to do it?’ And he said, ‘Are you kidding me? When?’ Then I called up Duff McKagan from Guns ‘n Roses and he said, ‘Are you kidding me? When?’”
According to Watt, he, Smith and McKagan worked up their Ozzy album in four days, presented it to Osbourne who called it “cool,” then had Osbourne call the next day to ask when they could start writing.
“I sound like I’m making this up, but he comes over the next day, and we made Ozzy’s entire album from top to bottom — all music, guitar solos, all vocals written — in four weeks,” said Watt. “It’s the proudest of anything I’ve ever been, because it brought the 12-year-old kid out of me again. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pop music that I make, but this is what I feel like I was born to do: play rock guitar. I got to be fuckin’ Randy Rhoads in 2019.”
In an interview that happened earlier this year Osbourne had high praise for his latest work. “I’ve made a new album and it’s helped me get back on track. I was just lying in my own self-pity for months. It’s the greatest album I’ve done,” said the singer.
Ozzy added, “If it wasn’t for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to be lying here forever.’ I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying.
The singer concluded of his time with Watt, “The album was all finished in four weeks. I said to Sharon that I didn’t feel like I’d made an album because we haven’t ended up screaming at each other.”
To date, Osbourne has released the songs “Under the Graveyard” and “Straight to Hell,” with the latter featuring a guest spot from McKagan’s Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash. Ozzy’s new album is due out sometime in January as no official release date has been revealed yet.