Ozzy Osbourne has several songs with Taylor Hawkins

Ozzy Osbourne Producer Andrew Watt revealed that Black Sabbath legend recorded several unreleased tracks with Taylor Hawkinswhich will be released at some point.

The singer did not meet Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins before taking part in sessions for Osbourne’s new album Patient number 9. The late drummer is heard on three tracks, for which he also received writing credits. In a Rolling stones article featuring portions of an Osbourne interview that did not previously run, it was noted that several tracks with Hawkins existed.

“Watt hired two drummers Patient number 9: that Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, who died unexpectedly last March,” the story explained. “Watt says there are more recordings with Hawkins, to whom Osbourne dedicated the album. “There’s also a lot of other stuff with Ozzy and Taylor that will also be used for another thing,” says the producer.

In the same article, Billy Idol Guitarist Billy Morrison said longtime friend Osbourne didn’t get enough credit for his understanding of music. “Ozzy will sit and listen to a piece of music and he’ll point to a fucking cowbell that no one else has heard,” Morrison said. “And he’ll say, ‘That cowbell is too loud’. Or he’ll say, ‘There’s something wrong with the bass in the verse. And when you look at it, the frequency is wrong or some shit like that.’ He has an ear that hears everything. It’s really incredible. And I have to tell you, after recording songs with him, it’s crazy.

Morrison went on to recall the experience of working with Osbourne on the song “Gods”, which was included on his 2015 solo album, God shaped hole. “He was only there for 20 minutes,” the guitarist said. “He came in, he went into the vocal booth, and he said, ‘Okay, I’m ready.’ And we ran the song. He did it, one take. And when he was done, he said, ‘Okay, now do it quickly again.’ … He said that [producer] Mike [Clink], ‘Do you have what you want?’ And Mike’s jaw was on the floor. He said, ‘Yes.’ And Oz looked at me and said, “Okay, Billy, see you later.” And he fucked.”

Watt also revealed Osbourne’s secret to making heavy music: “He said to me, ‘When you listen to Sabbath or Zeppelin, what is the loudest in the mixture? … Bass is the loudest. That’s what makes it so heavy. And if you listen to [Zeppelin’s] ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘Heartbreaker’ or ‘Dazed and Confused,’ the bass is allowed to sing, and that’s what makes it so heavy.’”

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