Ozzy Osbourne Tried To Get Jimmy Page On His New Album, Chad Smith Says
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently made an appearance on the Talk Is Jericho podcast for an interview. Smith revealed that Ozzy Osbourne approached Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to collaborate on his upcoming record during the conversation.
Post Malone’s song ‘Take What You Want’ brought Chad Smith, Ozzy Osbourne, and Travis Scott together as the trio was featured on the track. Following this collaboration, Osbourne began working on his twelfth studio album ‘Ordinary Man’ along with Chad Smith, Duff McKagan, and producer Andrew Watt.
On February 21, 2020, Osbourne released his ‘Ordinary Man’ album. Chad Smith played drums on every track and co-wrote all of the songs on this album. The album received mainly positive reviews following the release, and Osbourne revealed his wish to make a follow-up album with Andrew Watt.
The Prince Of Darkness then began working on a follow-up to the 2020 record with Andrew Watt. In November 2021, Sony announced that the album would be released within six months, on December 17, 2020. Moreover, it’s confirmed that the record will feature Chad Smith, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, and Zakk Wylde.
Chad Smith talked about Osbourne’s upcoming record in a recent interview with the Talk Is Jericho podcast. He stated that the album is now getting mastered, and he, Robert Trujillo, and Duff McKagan will appear on the album. Saying that Tony Iommi also contributed to the album with his riffs, Smith told Ozzy loved his upcoming effort.
Moreover, Chad Smith revealed that Eric Clapton plays his wah-wah solo in a track, and Jeff Beck is featured on two other songs. According to the drummer, they tried to get Jimmy Page to work with them to get the ‘Holy Trinity,’ but he doesn’t think Page plays these days anymore.
In the interview with the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Chad Smith revealed the following:
“We made another Ozzy Osbourne album, and it’s getting mastered tomorrow. We’ve got Robert Trujillo playing on some songs, who’s been in Ozzy’s band. Duff McKagan’s on a couple again. Me and Andrew Watt are doing it.”
He then continued:
“Tony Iommi and Ozzy have never collaborated outside of Black Sabbath. Tony sent us a bunch of riffs, and we took what we thought was the best of them, which was f*cking great. So Andy’s on the bass doing f*cking great; the bass on the song is amazing. And Tony sent us the riffs, files; he’s in England, and we played to it.
It f*cking got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want. Ozzy loves it. And so he’s on that track. Then Eric Clapton plays a f*cking wah-wah Cream-type solo. We’re, like, ‘Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please. Eric, what do you think about this, with the wah-wah?’ Because that’s his f*cking thing. And so he’s soloing all over this other track.
Then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page, we tried to get the holy trinity, but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately. But Mike McCready’s on a track. Josh Homme, my neighbor from Queens Of The Stone Age, solos on a track. And then Zakk Wylde is on the record as well, all over it. So it’s like if you’re a guitar player, it’s pretty f*cking good.”
Apart from Robert Trujillo, Duff McKagan, Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, Chad Smith also confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne’s follow-up album will feature Mike McCready, Josh Homme, and Zakk Wylde. So, it seems this record will feature so many iconic guest appearances, and fans cannot wait to get their hands on the album.