Ozzy Osbourne Speaks Of Black Sabbath’s Final Album & His Next Solo Record


Ozzy Osbourne sat down with for a chat on his next solo album and the swan song from Black Sabbath. In regards to Sabbath, Ozzy remains unsure of when the band will start the recording process for the effort, offering:

“I keep asking [my wife] Sharon, ‘When are we gonna start it?’ She said it’s not this year. I can’t really say how long it’s gonna take. Once we get going it won’t take that long, I don’t think, ’cause Rick Rubin — I assume he’s going to (produce) it again — is very quick. And Tony comes up with the best riffs, one after the other. He never runs out. I sent a text to Tony, ‘Please send me some riffs to get my head around,’ and he said ‘I’ll get some and I’ll send some over to you.'”

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He later described the coming album and tour from the seminal outfit as “our last hurrah…Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing.” He does remain hopeful that ex-drummer Bill Ward will return to the fold for this final run however:

“I would absolutely love that. We all would,. We were all sad he didn’t come the last time. But I don’t deal with the dough and the business side; that’s my wife’s job. The thing is, when you’ve got four guys with four different agendas and managers, it gets pretty crazy. I just go, ‘You do what you’ve got to do, Sharon. I’ll do what I’ve got to do.’ “

The above answer is somewhat contradictory in a way to Sharon‘s original denial of involvement with contractual disputes that led to Ward sitting out the bands latest album “13” and resulting touring cycle.

On the solo front, Osbourne says he has around three songs in the works for the effort thus far with Billy Morrison of Billy Idol‘s band helping out. He said of that:

“The songs that are written are not completed. They’re ideas now, but there’s a good possibility that some of them will end up songs.”

Sabbath are currently the main priority though, so don’t expect to hear that material for about 2-3 years according to Osbourne.