Ozzy Osbourne is forming his own makeshift recording supergroup on his new solo album he is recording, with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith playing on at least half of the songs. Smith drummed on Ordinary Man, which was released earlier this year. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is expected to drum on the other half of the record.
Andrew Watt told Guitar World, “There’s a bunch of people involved. I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy’s band. And Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair. It kind of harkened back to Ozzy’s ‘80s era – in a great way.
And 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. And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And so there was no point in Ozzy or me doing this again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel like we’re achieving that.”
Ozzy Osbourne had expected to be on his farewell tour for the last two years, but first health issues pushed back all of his 2019 concerts, and the pandemic canceled any hopes of him rebounding in 2020. Ozzy’s wife Sharon recently contracted COVID-19, though Ozzy has tested negative. Ozzy is currently in the early stages of battling Parkinson’s disease.