Ozzy Osbourne has identified the guitarist he considers the greatest he’s ever performed with, emphasizing that while other guitarists may hit the right notes, there’s a unique quality in this individual’s playing that sets them apart.

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Ozzy Osbourne recently named his former Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi as the best guitarist he’s ever played with. The Prince of Darkness, who co-founded Sabbath with Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward in 1968, shared this praise during a discussion on his new podcast, The Madhouse Chronicles, with guitarist Billy Morrison (formerly of The Cult and currently with Billy Idol).

Osbourne reflected on Black Sabbath’s roots, highlighting their streetwise origins and deep musical knowledge: “That’s the thing about a band like Black Sabbath: we came from the streets and we knew our stuff.”

“And Tony Iommi was, and is, the best guitarist I’ve ever played with,” Ozzy Osbourne emphatically declared.

The vocalist went on to draw comparisons with iconic bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, emphasizing the unique chemistry within Black Sabbath. “It’s like the Beatles, they wouldn’t have been the same if any one of them had played [in another band], or the Rolling Stones if Mick Jagger left,” Ozzy Osbourne remarked.

Reflecting on performing classic Sabbath songs with different guitarists, Osbourne noted, “I’ve played ‘Paranoid,’ ‘Children of the Grave,’ and ‘War Pigs’ with other guitarists. They do the notes, but it’s not the same!”

Osbourne wrapped up his thoughts by critiquing some American guitar players for their speed, but he reserved high praise for Tony Iommi: “Tony Iommi, for whatever reason, is fucking great!”

After parting ways with Black Sabbath in 1977, Ozzy Osbourne embarked on a successful solo career, collaborating with renowned guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, and Gus G. Over the years, he maintained a strong friendship and occasional musical partnership with his former bandmate Tony Iommi.

In 2022, Iommi contributed guitar work to Osbourne’s solo album “Patient Number 9,” featuring on tracks like “Degradation Rules” and “No Escape From Now.” Despite retiring from touring due to health challenges, including Parkinson’s disease, Osbourne expressed a desire to perform two final farewell shows in his hometown of Birmingham, UK, as revealed by his wife and manager Sharon earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Tony Iommi has remained active in music, releasing a solo single titled “Scent Of Dark” in 2021. Additionally, he collaborated with System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian on the charity single “Deconstruction” last year, showcasing his ongoing commitment to creating and contributing to music beyond Black Sabbath.