During a recent appearance on “The Graham Norton Radio Show”, Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne confirmed that she and the legendary heavy metal singer are planning to move back permanently to their Buckinghamshire, U.K. estate.
“I’m back here [in the U.K.] for three weeks right now,” she said (as transcribed by SOUNDERGROUND.NET) at the time of the interview, which was conducted in late April. “And then I go home again for three and then come back here for a couple. So I’m going back and forth until Christmas till we move here permanently.”
Asked if she is bringing the entire family back to England, Sharon said: “I’m bringing my hubby back. The kids are so American, they don’t wanna come back here. So it’s just Ozzy and I.”
As for how Ozzy is doing right now, Sharon said: “He’s good. He’s really, really good. He’s finished another album which is coming out in September. And there we are. He’s busy in the studio. He still does all his writing and singing, and it keeps him really happy… He’ll never stop singing and writing. We’ve built him a big studio here [at the house in the U.K.], so he can do it all at home. And he can’t wait to come back, to be honest with you.”
Sharon went on to say that she has spent more of her life in America than she has in the U.K. “I first left [England] in the ’70s and then came back for a few years with the kids and Ozzy and then went back [to America] again,” she said.
Asked if it will be a “culture shock” for her to move back permanently to the U.K. after spending so much time abroad, Sharon said: “No, because we’ve always kept a home here; we always did. And the kids have homes here. Not really. Actually, right now, at this time of my life, I’m just so at home. I’ve missed it for the last few years — I’ve definitely missed it. But I just feel very much at home.”
This past March, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, who played on Ozzy‘s last studio album, 2020’s “Ordinary Man”, confirmed that he will also appear on the singer’s follow-up effort. “We made another [Ozzy album], and it’s getting mastered tomorrow,” he said during an appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast. “We’ve got Robert Trujillo [METALLICA] playing on some songs, who’s been in Ozzy‘s band. Duff‘s [McKagan, GUNS N’ ROSES bassist] on a couple again. Me and [producer/guitarist] Andrew [Watt] are doing it.”
Chad went on to say that “the English royalty of guitar players” has been recruited to guest on Osbourne‘s new album. “Tony Iommi and Ozzy have never collaborated outside of BLACK SABBATH,” he said. “Tony sent us a bunch of riffs and we took what we thought was the best of ’em, which was fucking great. So Andy‘s on the bass doing fucking great — the bass on the song is amazing. And Tony sent us the riffs — files; he’s in England — and we played to it. It’s fucking got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want. Ozzy loves it. And so he’s on that track. Then Eric Clapton plays a fucking wah-wah CREAM-type solo. We’re, like, ‘Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please. Eric, what do you think about this, with the wah-wah?’ Because that’s his fucking thing. And so he’s soloing all over this other track. Then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page [LED ZEPPELIN], we tried to get the holy trinity, but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately. But Mike McCready‘s [PEARL JAM] on a track. Josh Homme, my neighbor from QUEENS [OF THE STONE AGE], solos on a track. And then Zakk Wylde [BLACK LABEL SOCIETY] is on the record as well, all over it. So it’s like if you’re a guitar player, [it’s] pretty fucking good.”
Last year, Ozzy confirmed that 15 songs had been recorded for his follow-up to “Ordinary Man”. In October, he told Metal Hammer magazine that his new album will be “similar in tone to ‘Ordinary Man’, but I can’t describe it completely. I’ve not heard it for a while because it keeps going over to the next person to add their parts — we’re fucking around with it all the time,” he said.
Watt connected with Osbourne after meeting Ozzy‘s daughter Kelly at a friend’s party and pitching her on the idea of Post Malone and Ozzy collaborating together.
In December 2020, Watt told Guitar World that Ozzy‘s next album would feature guest appearances by a number of notable musicians. “There’s a bunch of people involved,” he said. “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 [FOO FIGHTERS] 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. 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.”
Thanks: Diary Of The Madmen – The Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Podcast