Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
In a recent interview with Brent Porche of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station, the iconic heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, known for releasing two albums in the past four years – 2020’s “Ordinary Man” and 2022’s “Patient Number 9,” both produced by Andrew Watt – confirmed his plans to create a new album in 2024.
Ozzy explained, “Being laid up for about five years because of the surgery thing and the fall I had, I was going nuts. So I met Andrew Watt, and we did a couple of albums together. And I’m waiting for him to get free to do another album. ‘Cause everybody wants to use him now.”
Ozzy Osbourne discussed his songwriting process, stating, “Personally, I like to have things worked out before I go into the studio. But the last couple of albums, I had to approach it differently. A significant portion of the work was completed as we progressed through the recording process.”
In contrast to his previous albums “Ordinary Man” and “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy Osbourne shared that his next album won’t include numerous guest appearances. He mentioned, “It’s gonna be maybe just one.”
In a previous interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Ozzy expressed his desire to collaborate with Andrew Watt again and record at Watt’s new studio in the United Kingdom. He stated, “I’m just beginning to work on it now, and we’ll be recording in the early part of next year. I want to take my time with this one.”
Ozzy Osbourne also provided an update on his health, particularly after his “final surgery” in September. He shared with Metal Hammer, “I’ve had all the surgery now, thank God. 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.”
Ozzy had undergone extensive spinal surgery and other treatments as a result of a fall at home in 2019, which exacerbated injuries from a near-fatal quad bike crash in 2003.
In July of this year, Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel his scheduled appearance at the Power Trip festival due to his ongoing health concerns. These health issues, which included his battle with COVID-19 over a year and a half ago, have unfortunately led to the cancellation of some of his previously planned tours.
Despite the setbacks in his live appearances due to health problems, the iconic BLACK SABBATH frontman has expressed his intention to return to performing if his condition improves.
Despite his health challenges, Ozzy Osbourne managed to perform at a few events in the past year and a half. Notable performances included appearances at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August 2022 and a performance at the NFL halftime show during the season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills in September 2022.
“Patient Number 9,” one of Ozzy’s recent albums, received a Grammy in the “Best Rock Album” category at the 65th annual Grammy Awards, held at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in Los Angeles, California.
Ozzy has had a notable history with the Grammy Awards, having previously won three Grammy Awards and received eight nominations. In 1993, he won a solo Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” for “I Don’t Want To Change The World.” Additionally, he secured two Grammy wins as a member of BLACK SABBATH: one for “Best Metal Performance” in 2000 for “Iron Man” and another in 2013 for “Best Metal Performance” for “God Is Dead?” from their album “13.”
“Patient Number 9,” released in September 2022, marked Ozzy Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album and made an impressive impact on the music charts worldwide. The album garnered critical acclaim and achieved record-breaking success in various countries.
In the United States, the album debuted at No. 1 on multiple charts, including Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales, Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Vinyl Albums, and Tastemaker Albums. It also reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Internationally, the album achieved notable chart positions, including a No. 1 ranking in Canada, which marked Ozzy’s first-ever No. 1 there. It secured a career-high No. 2 spot in the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, and Italy, as well as No. 6 in the Netherlands and New Zealand, No. 8 in Belgium, and No. 14 in France. It also performed well in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway, with top positions in each.
For “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy collaborated with a range of prominent artists. This included the appearance of BLACK SABBATH co-founder Tony Iommi, guitarist legends Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of PEARL JAM, Zakk Wylde, Chad Smith of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS on drums, the late Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS on three songs, Robert Trujillo of METALLICA on bass for most tracks, and Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES, along with Chris Chaney, contributing bass on select songs.