Zakk Wylde will appear on the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne album, on every song.
The guitarist, who had practically cut his metal teeth under Ozzy in the Blizzard of Ozz, playing with the Prince of Darkness for over 35 years on and off, returns to the fold once again after building a tremendous career with the formation of Black Label Society. Zakk did not appear on Ozzy’s 2020 release Ordinary Man because of touring obligations.
Osbourne’s new record is possibly due in 2022.
Ozzy recently revealed that 15 songs have been recorded for this new record. A record which will include guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Tony Iommi.
Wylde told Music Radar:
“The new Ozzy stuff is sounding great. And for sure, it’s an honor to play on a record with all my heroes. It’s pretty cool… I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I’ve always loved ‘Blow By Blow’ and ‘Wired’, but honestly, every record Jeff Beck has put out is amazing.”
Wylde went on to say that Beck “definitely sounds slamming” on the upcoming Ozzy album. “The same goes for all the guys — what Tony Iommi played, and then Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, it’s all killer, for sure. On those tracks I’m playing rhythm guitar for my heroes… it’s crazy! It sounds awesome and I’m beyond honored to be doing it.”
Andrew Watt produced Ordinary Man with Ozzy in 2020, and returns to helm this new project.
Like Ordinary Man, which featured Watt on guitar, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses on bass and The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums. Of Ozzy’s next album, Watt says,
“There’s a bunch of people involved. I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, who used to play in Ozzy’s band. And Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters also came in and playe a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair — it kind of harkened back to Ozzy’s ’80s era, in a great way. And I think it’s so cool for a rock fan to be able to listen to half an album with Chad Smith on drums, and then you flip it over and you get to hear Taylor Hawkins. And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And so there was no point in Ozzy or me doing this again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel like we’re achieving that.”