Tony Iommi Reflects On His Current Relationship With Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi opened up about his current relationship with former bandmate Ozzy Osbourne during a recent conversation with Classic Rock. Apparently, Osbourne is the member Iommi stays in touch with the most as they speak regularly.

Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 by Tony Iommi because his alcohol and drug addiction had surpassed his other band members and was creating tensions within the band. Since his substance abuse affected his interest in music and Osbourne often refused to sing while the band was working on a new album, the inevitable happened.

Tony Iommi took responsibility and made the hard decision to fire Ozzy Ozbourne since he believed it was the only reasonable choice, otherwise the band would face total disbandment with the pressure of creating new music and a singer who refused to sing. On the other hand, Osbourne claimed that his substance abuse was no different from his bandmates around that time, but he ended up being the member who was fired.

Over the years, the Prince of Darkness rejoined the band several times, the first being in the summer of 1997 and the last one being on November 11, 2011, when Iommi, Butler, Osbourne, and Ward announced that they were reuniting to record a new album with a full tour in support beginning in 2012. Eventually, Black Sabbath announced their disbandment through posts made on their official social media accounts On March 7, 2017.

Despite the previous differences between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi, the two actually remained friends after Black Sabbath’s split. In fact, the guitarist revealed during a recent interview that Osbourne is the member he speaks the most since the duo talks every other week on the phone.

Their relationship isn’t just on a friendship level as they also support each other musically. Iommi wrote and played a track for Osbourne’s upcoming album, proving how close the two musicians have been both musically and personally.

When asked about his relationship with former bandmates, Iommi said:

“Yeah, I’m in touch with Ozzy more than anybody. We talk on a regular basis, probably every other week, something like that. We’ve stayed in contact a lot. In fact, I’ve done a track for Ozzy’s album, as well. I wrote a track and played on it for Ozzy’s new album.”

It’s fair to say that seeing collaborations between two significant members is very important for Black Sabbath fans as well, considering that the former bandmates have a bad reputation for having feuds quite often. Fans can only hope that the two friends remain close at all times and continue to release music together.