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Ozzy Osbourne Finishes New Solo Album Thanks To Post Malone Collaboration


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Ozzy Osbourne has given a new interview to The Sun, discussing at length the injuries and painful recovery process he’s been through over the past year or so. Osbourne has largely been sidelined by a late night fall that occurred earlier this year, dislodging metal rods inserted into him from a previous ATV crash.

That fall also fractured several of his bones, including his collarbone, ribs and some of his vertebrae. Prior to that fall he overcame a staph infection in his hand and a serious bout with pneumonia. It was the severity of the injuries he sustained in the fall however that forced him to postpone all of his 2019 touring plans.

In the interview, Osbourne discusses how he poorly coped with having been immobilized for a few months and the excruciating nerve pain he has endured as a result of the surgery, which now finds him with 15 screws in his spine. He also touched on how he has since developed blood clots and has also had his teeth removed. Despite the setbacks, and as he puts it, months of ‘self-pity,’ he seems to be in a more positive space now with his recovery progressing.

A big part of that appears to be him finishing a new solo record thanks in part to his guest appearance on Post Malone‘s new album. Osbourne appears alongside Travis Scott on the track “Take What You Want” and admitted to not being familiar with Post Malone prior:

“I’d never even heard of this kid. He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want‘, so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Malone’s producer Andrew Watt. It’s only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today.”

Osbourne went on to describe his forthcoming solo effort as “the greatest album I’ve done.” He said of it:

“This is my first recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch. Music goes straight online these days and that’s quicker than it takes me to write a text. It’s all about downloads and streaming now. What the fuck does that mean? What’s Spotify? I thought it was a skin problem where you woke up spotified.

“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.”

In addition to support from some of his famous friends (Elton John, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, etc.) he also credited the recording process with keeping him busy:

“If it wasn’t for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to be lying here for ever’. I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my arse.”

Notably a song titled “Ordinary Man” was previewed for the publication. There’s a whole lot on Osbourne‘s road to recovery to be read over at The Sun.

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