Ozzy Osbourne New Album Update: ‘We’re About Halfway Through,’ Says Producer

2020-12-21

The new Ozzy Osbourne album, producer Andrew Watt says, will feature appearances from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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A new album from Ozzy Osbourne is in the works, and producer Andrew Watt says it will feature appearances from Chad Smith, Robert Trujillo and Taylor Hawkins

Many were wondering if Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, 2020’s “Ordinary Man,” would be his last, but according to the metal icon, it won’t. Producer Andrew Watt, who worked with Ozzy on his most recent album, says he and Osbourne have been actively working on new material.

“We’re about halfway through,” Watt said in an interview with Guitar World. “But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe. We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer.”

Watt also said the new album will take “a little longer” than “Ordinary Man,” which was recorded in a short period of time. He described “Ordinary Man” as more of a “swift love affair of passion.”

“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.”

As for special guests, Watt explained that Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who was part of “Ordinary Man,” will also appear on Osbourne’s upcoming album. Additional guests will include Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

“I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy’s band,” Watt said. “Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair — it kind of hearkened 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.”

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