Producer and guitarist Andrew Watt has revealed that Ozzy Osbourne’s next album is “about halfway through” being made, and it’s got quite the star-studded guest list when it comes to musical contributions.
Speaking to Guitar World, Watt said: “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 [Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers] and Robert Trujillo [bassist for Metallica], who used to play in Ozzy’s band. And [Foo Fighters drummer] Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well.”
Watt expressed his excitement for how the guest spots on the album “hearken back to Ozzy’s ‘80s era, in a great way.”
“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,” he said.
Watt last worked with Osbourne on Ordinary Man, which was put together in just a few months, however, “this time everyone’s moving a little slower and we’re taking a little more time,” Watt said. “And the songs, there’s some songs on there that are like eight or nine minutes long that are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it.”
The as-yet-unnamed album doesn’t have a release date yet, but Watt noted that the wait will mean a better album: “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.”
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