Next Saturday (12), Black Sabbath will play their last-ever show in America. What’s next for the band? Well, not much for Sabbath proper, but we know that their frontman is working on a solo album, which would be Ozzy Osbourne’s twelfth and the first since 2010’s Scream. Firewind’s Gus G. did a great job on that album, but surprisingly, during an interview with SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, Ozzy says that the Greek axeman isn’t involved right now with his next record:
“I’ve been writing with Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens [both guitarists for Billy Idol]. [Steve is] not gonna be in my band, he’s with Billy Idol. But he’s a friend of [Morrison’s] and [Morrison] plays with Billy Idol. I said, ‘I’ve got some ideas,’ and we worked it out. There’s one song that right now is called ‘Crack Cocaine.’ It’s like a bluesy thing.”
It’s got to be disappointing for Gus, even as Firewind continues to be a successful band. Steve Stevens, however, has been a great guitarist for years now. That shredding solo in “Rebel Yell?” All him. He also had a great solo album with Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys. Even though he’s not in the band, that might mean that Morrison is, since Ozzy didn’t say that he wasn’t in the band, just Stevens. Morrison has been in The Cult as well. There’s no word yet on when the next album is going to be out, but we’d guess at the earliest a year from now.