In a recent interview with RevolverOzzy Osbourne remembered, among other things, when Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath in 1978, during the Never Say Die European tour.
Speaking of this particular event, Osbourne said: “Eddie Van Halen was such a great guy. They came to our local pub and we had a great time. But David Lee Roth, he lost a bolt or two. When you meet him, you say to yourself: ‘What’s wrong with him?’. He’s not all there, if you know what I mean.”
Osbourne also opened up about his fellow rock stars who have reached out to him throughout his health struggles in recent years, noting that while his social circle in the music business has become smaller, he is extremely grateful. to those who have continued to make the effort to maintain their ties.
He said he had a great relationship with Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi and the two still message each other regularly: “Tony, God bless him, came to my rescue. And in fact, ever since we reconciled, he’s been really supportive of me. He calls me regularly to find out how I am doing.
“We argued, we fell out, we made up. It’s like a wedding. You get divorced, you get back together… Anyway, Tony Iommi – and I can never deny it – is the only man on this planet to invent such heavy and dark riffs. He’s the king of riffs.”
Ozzy also pointed out that Korn singer Jonathan Davis and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash are two of the personalities who keep calling him: “It’s amazing when you get sick how many people don’t call anymore. Slash is a gentleman. He’s such a nice man… If I phoned Slash now and he was in town, no matter what, he’d come visit me.”
Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, Patient Number 9, arrived on Friday, September 9 via Epic Records. Produced once again by Andrew Watt, the album features performances by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Chris Chaney ( Jane’s Addiction), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and more.
Patient Number 9 soared to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and of the 56,000 units sold in its first week, 52,000 were “pure sales” (the rest being attributed to streaming). Moreover, you can see a small anthology of its best rankings by clicking on the previous link.
In addition, Osbourne intends to return to the stage soon. For now, the goal is apparently to be able to play a sold-out concert in the summer of 2023.
Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 (ft. Jeff Beck):
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Ozzy Osbourne says David Lee Roth ‘lost a bolt or two’: ‘He’s not all there’
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