New Solo Album In Works, Sabbath Album Pushed Back
Ozzy Osbourne has re-signed with Epic Records and is working on material for his next studio
release. "Ozzy's writing now, and there'll be something out at the beginning of next year,"
his wife/manager Sharon tells Billboard.com. As previously reported, the label will on
Tuesday (March 22) release the four-disc Osbourne boxed set, "Prince of Darkness."
One item not likely to see the light of day, however, is a new Black Sabbath studio disc,
which would be the band's first with Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die!"
"I could go in the studio and write a bunch of stuff, but why do an album just for the sake
of [drummer] Bill [Ward], [guitarist] Tony [Iommi], me and bassist [Geezer] Butler together
playing if it's not up to the Black Sabbath standard that I left?," Ozzy tells Billboard.com.
"It would f*ck it up, you know? It's so sad when you hear these monumental bands do these
piece of sh*t records just because they want the money."
That said, Osbourne still revels in playing live with Black Sabbath, which will anchor
this summer's 10th anniversary edition of the Ozzfest tour. "There is no one on the face of
the earth that can play these songs," he says. "The fortunate thing about me is I have two
vibes; I can do the Ozzy thing and the Sabbath thing. The Sabbath thing, when we were kids,
we didn't say 'We'll, write this song called 'War Pigs' and in f*cking 25 years we'll be
icons. We had no idea. We didn't have any musical education."
"The beauty of those days was, we would end the song when we wanted to f*cking stop playing,"
he continues. "I can honestly say that [with] Black Sabbath, nobody ever told us what to play or
how to play. It was our gig."
So how much longer will Ozzy keep mounting major tours? "I don't know," he admits. "I retired
about 15 years ago and that lasted a f*cking year. What I learned from that retirement thing
was you have to retire to something else. If you sit on your arse watching TV, you're gonna
Plus, traditional retirement activities don't appeal to Ozzy. "I fish with f*cking dynamite
and I f*cking hate golf," he says.
In related news, Butler will on May 10 release a new album from his band Geezer, "Ohmwork,"
via Sanctuary. The group, which also features vocalist Clark Brown, guitarist Pedro Howse
and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, plans to tour in the fall.