Ozzy Osbourne has tapped some of rock’s greatest guitarists for his upcoming album, Patient Number 9, set for release on September 9th. Osbourne has already dropped the title track, featuring the legendary Jeff Beck.
Ultimate-Guitar.com posted some of Ozzy’s recent Q&A with fans in which he revealed he wished some of the new songs had come earlier: “It was really great working with Tony (Iommi). He’s the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath‘s 13 album.”
On reuniting with former solo guitarist Zakk Wylde, Ozzy explained, “Zakk is part of my family and always will be. The album needed that weight that his playing provides. He just came in and really sorted things out.”
Regarding the album’s just-released title track, Ozzy said: “The song is about a mental institution. Having someone like Jeff Beck play on my album is just incredible, a total honor. There’s no other guitar player that plays like him and his solo on ‘Patient Number 9 is just jaw-dropping.”
Ozzy told us a while back how he finds inspiration for song topics these days: “Believe me, I’m not one of these guys that can write about boy-meets-girl. It’s got to mean something to me. I mean, I don’t write all the lyrics, but I have to say, ‘Well, y’know, this an’ that, isn’t that strange that that happened when this happened,’ y’know, and I’ll get going, y’know?”