Ozzy Osbourne hints at new album with Zakk Wylde, explains why he didn't enjoy Black Sabbath farewell tour
'With Sabbath, all I am is a singer with a band', says Ozzy, explaining why it's so much more fun to tour with Zakk Wylde and the rest of his own troupe
Ozzy Osbourne has been touring the world on 'No More Tours 2', what is purportedly his "final final world tour". Joining Ozzy on stage for his farewell bout is on-and-off collaborator Zakk Wylde, and it seems like Ozzy is quite enjoying the Black Label Society guitarist's company. So much so that Ozzy is contemplating at least one more solo album with Wylde on guitars.
"This band is really good," Ozzy said in a new, highly detailed interview with Rolling Stone. "I’d like to do another album with Zakk if I could."
The 'Prince of Darkness' went on to explain that he has a slew of song ideas that he hopes will eventually be released, explaining, "There’s one called 'Mr. Armageddon', which is gonna be a good song… It’s not about Christmas. It’s a nice, sweet little song about a man called 'Mr. Armageddon'."
Elsewhere in the interview, Ozzy discussed his recent farewell tour with Black Sabbath, but he admitted that it wasn't as much fun as performing with his own band, whose current lineup includes bassist Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson, who’s been with the band since 2006, keyboardist-guitarist Adam Wakeman (son of Yes keyboardist and Black Sabbath associate Rick Wakeman) and drummer Tommy Clufetos. "With Sabbath, all I am is a singer with a band," Ozzy said, adding that with his solo band, "I’ve got a lot of freedom and I have fun with it."
"[I was] not allowed to have f–king fun with Sabbath," he said. "It’s too serious. Tony [Iommi] was trying to have a go at me, saying, 'Don’t f***ing talk over my solos'. I go, 'Okay, are you sure? 'Cause most of the f***ing song is solos. The intro to the song is f**kin’ five minutes and then I sing for about two seconds and then it’s another one'. With my own thing, I’m looking to have fun, and that’s what music’s about for me. I’m not a serious f***ing singer. I’m just a frontman who’s trying to get the crowd going in front."
However, Ozzy did add that he is proud of his work with Sabbath, stating that he "wouldn’t change a thing" about his career. "If I changed anything, I wouldn’t be where I am now," he said.
He added, "I had no idea when we did our first Black Sabbath album, 50 years up the road, I’d be doing all these shows in front of 20,000 people… I thought, 'This will be good for a couple of albums and I’ll get a few chicks along the way'. I left Sabbath and I did a great thing on my own... My life has just been unbelievable. You couldn’t write my story; you couldn’t invent me."