The couple reunited to perform at Britain’s Commonwealth Games last month after Iommi recorded guitar parts for two tracks on Osbourne’s forthcoming album Patient number 9. In a recent interview, the singer hinted that a collaborative album could follow, and in a new interview with Kerrang! he elaborated on the idea.
“If Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi do an album together, it’s going to sound like a Sabbath album,” he said. “Tony was the sound of Sabbath. There’s no getting away from the fact that when he plays with me, it’s going to be a kind of reflection of that. Maybe the tracks he did on my album were what Sabbath should would have been if we had stayed together.”
But, he said, “I want to take it away from the Sabbath. We put that band to bed. And if he wants [turn it into another] Sabbath album, I don’t.”
He also revealed why Iommi has never previously guested on one of his records. “It’s just that I never asked him,” he said. “I sang on one of his albums [in 2002]but I had never given it a thought [that he could] play on one of mine, to be honest.”
Producer Andrew Watt made the change, Osbourne explained. “It was actually Andrew who said, ‘Why don’t you ask Tony Iommi if he wants to do something?'” he recalled. “I thought, ‘I know he’s going to tell me to screw myself.’ But you won’t know until you ask. When he sent [his tracks] over, I heard them and was like, ‘Fuck me!'”
Osbourne returns to the US stage on Thursday when he plays the NFL season opener. Patient number 9 released Friday.
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