Ozzy Osbourne’s Long, Hard Road to ‘Patient Number 9’

Ozzy Osbourne has recorded two solo albums in the past three years, i.a Patient number 9, which is out now. But he has faced a host of health challenges every step of the way.

The chronic pain got so bad earlier this year that Osbourne admitted he hoped he would wouldn’t wake up as he prepared for his recent operation.

Thanks, that one Black Sabbath the legend persevered and had much better vision when he made one surprising return to the stage in early August, performing alongside longtime bandmates Tony Iommi.

“You haven’t seen the end of Ozzy Osbourne, I promise you,” he said The Guardian. “If I go up there and die on the first song, I’ll still be back the next day.”

Undoubtedly, it’s that steadfast positive attitude that has kept Osbourne moving forward through the dark times – including a ATV accident in 2003, which was reportedly almost fatal. Although his doctors were able to successfully address the myriad injuries Osbourne suffered, there have been additional challenges in recent years related to the accident.

Osbourne began canceling tour dates in 2018 on his farewell tour after a hand infection caused his thumb to swell “to the size of a goddamn pear.” Although he did not feel sick and joked with the doctors, the infection was quite serious. Osbourne underwent emergency surgery for three separate staph infections in her hand to prevent permanent damage or even death.

More cancellations followed in early 2019, this time attributed to a severe upper respiratory infection. Osbourne would later develop pneumonia. “I am absolutely devastated to have to postpone the European leg of my tour,” he said in a press release at the time. “It just seems like since October everything I touch has turned to shit.

By April 2019, Osbourne had shelved all his tour dates due to what was described as an injury “sustained while dealing with his latest bout of pneumonia.”

Sharon Osbourne finally explained the decision to postpone the shows and reveal that a fall had dislodged metal rods inserted into her husband’s body after the ATV accident in 2003. The spill, which happened in the middle of the night, had again injured his back, neck and shoulders, she added. His recovery would be slow, but Osbourne worked diligently through physical and occupational therapy. However, his health problems continued as blood clots formed in his legs. “It’s scary stuff,” Osbourne shared Rolling stones. “From 40 [years old] to 70 was OK, and then suddenly you get to 70 and everything came crashing down on me.”

Still, Osbourne continued to work on new music, recording nine song ideas during the same period. Ordinary man took shape in a four-day marathon period with the producer Andrew Watt at the helm. Guns ‘n’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith formed the core of the writing team collaborating with Osbourne and Watt.

McKagan noted that the sessions could have gone “sideways in one second“, as he told earlier Six guns guitarist Steve Jones. Still, he felt that the limited time they had to work on the material ultimately contributed positively to the resulting album.

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Ordinary man arrived in February 2020 and offers further collaborations with Elton John and Slash. Unfortunately, Osbourne’s health problems continued. He confirmed one diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease while talking to Good morning America.

He tempered this revelation a month later by revealing that he had first received the news in 2003. “I’m not dying of Parkinson’s. I’ve been working on it most of my life,” Osbourne shared Los Angeles Times. “I’ve cheated death so many times. If tomorrow you read ‘Ozzy Osbourne never woke up this morning’, you wouldn’t go ‘Oh, my God!’ You’d say, ‘Well, it finally caught up with him’.”

Even with that bold view, Osbourne shared his frustration during an interview with SiriusXM‘s Jenny McCarthy. Osbourne was “convinced” that he was dying and that his family had hidden it from him. Sharon, he added, assured him that was not the case.

Then he canceled his 2020 tour schedule when there were “six [to] eight weeks” with medical treatments on the horizon. Further cancellations followed due to coronavirus concerns and Parkinson’s-related related matters. He eventually tested positive for covid-19 virus in early 2022.

Less than a year after the release of Ordinary man, news surfaced that Osbourne was working on another solo album. Watt reported in December 2020 that they were “about halfway through” the recording process for the follow-up.

Watt added that songs had been divided between Smith and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and that he was engrossed in what had come out. Hawkins’ contribution, “harks back to Ozzy’s ’80s era, in a big way,” Watt said Guitar worldadding, “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 turn it over and you can hear Taylor Hawkins.”

These ongoing musical projects were important in keeping Osbourne’s spirits high, he said recorded in 2021: “It’s kept me alive, you know. For the past two years I have been in a terrible state of shit between the accident and then the pandemic. It has kept me healthy. I needed the music.”

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Osbourne revealed more collaborations in October 2021, tells SiriusXM the longtime guitarist Zak Wylde was in the mix, along with Eric Clapton and Tony Iommi. Jeff Beck also appeared on the LP that became Patient number 9Though they were unable to get his earlier Yardbirds band mate Jimmy Page to participate. Osbourne then announced the new record official end in April 2022 and noted in a social media post that he had delivered the finished work to his label, Epic Records.

After a battle with COVID-19, he finally passed surgery in June to solve persistent problems with his neck and spine. It was a serious operation, with Sharon saying that the outcome would really “determine the rest of his life.”

Fortunately, Osbourne came through the surgery well, and Sharon updated fans on his successful progress via Twitter. “Our family would like to express so much gratitude for the overwhelming amount of love and support leading up to Ozzy’s surgery! Ozzy is doing well and on the road to recovery! Your love means the world to him.”

He confirmed Patient number 9 in late June and revealed the album’s title number (which features Beck) and a September release date. “It’s no secret that the last four years have been very difficult for me,” Osbourne admitted during a Q&A with fans, “but making this album took my mind off my problems.”

Osbourne also praised the contributions of Iommi during the same discussion. “It was really great working with Tony. He’s the riff master. Nobody can touch him in that regard. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath’s 13 album.”

In his opinion, there is one more milestone that would make the struggle of the past several years worthwhile: A trip to the top of the charts for Patient number 9. “I still want a No.1 record in England,” Osbourne said in the paper summer 2022“and this album deserves to be.”

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