Now, it looks like Ozzy is teaming up with some other rock legends for the new release.
Earlier this year, Ozzy debuted his studio album Ordinary Man. The album was produced by Andrew Watt and recorded while Ozzy recovered from his surgery and related illnesses. The 11-track album includes surprise collaborations with Elton John, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
Although it’s been less than a year since Ordinary Man was released, it looks like Ozzy is already working on his next album. Back in July, Sharon Osbourne confirmed that Ozzy was back collaborating with Watt on an Ordinary Man follow up. After postponing his final tour dates due to illness, the Black Sabbath frontman decided to use his newfound time off to work on the new album.
“The album was sensational,” Sharon said. “He’s starting his second album with Andrew Watt right now. And you can’t stop him. He’s doing it.”
More recently, in October, Ozzy gave an update on how writing and recording for the album are going.
“I’m doing another record right now,” he told Radio.com. “I just started to work with Andrew again. It’s what gets me up in the morning, and it’s what I’m here to do. It saved my life, doing that last album. [It’s better than] sitting on my ass all day waiting for the fucking pandemic to be over. And then you go, ‘Oh, yeah, I am a rock and roller. I’d better do an album.’ You’ve got all the fucking time in the world to make the best album possible.”
Now, it looks like Ozzy and Watt have had some company in the studio. The producer recently told Guitar World that Ozzy’s new album features a backing band comprised of some rock legends.
Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo, Foo Fighters‘ Taylor Hawkins and the Red Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith are all involved in the band. As well, Watts confirmed they are “about halfway through” recording the new LP.
“There’s a bunch of people involved,” he says. “I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy’s band. And Taylor Hawkins also came in and played 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.”
Not so coincidentally, Andrew Watt celebrated his birthday with quite a few of these musicians. Back in October, the producer turned 30th and had a jam session with Post Malone, Jane’s Addiction‘s Chris Chaney, Trujillo, Hawkins and Smith.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Watt also revealed that all safety precautions are being taken in the studio.
“But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe,” Watt said. “We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer.”
His comments arrive just weeks after Ozzy said he’s “fucked” if he contracts coronavirus. Due to his ongoing health problems and Parkinsons, the frontman is considered to be an incredibly high-risk individual.
“I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m fucked,” he told GQ.
Earlier this week, Sharon confirmed that she has tested positive for coronavirus. The diagnosis eventually led her to be hospitalized. However, she is now recovering away from Ozzy and the rest of the family.
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