Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page rejected an offer to appear on Ozzy Osbourne’s new album alongside Eric Clapton and Tony Iommi.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told Talk is Jericho, “Tony [Iommi] sent us some riffs on some files – he’s in England and we played to it,” explains Smith. “It’s got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want and Ozzy loves it, and so he’s on that track. And then Eric Clapton plays a wah-wah fucking 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?’ And that’s his fucking thing, so he’s soloing all over this other track. And then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page – we wanted the holy trinity – but I don’t think Jimmy plays too much anymore.”
Anthony Kiedis from RHCP discussed his father’s passing in a new Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe, “I wasn’t heartbroken with his passing, but as time went by, I was like I wish I could call my dad and tell him that this is happening, or that John’s back in the band, or that his grandson is playing basketball, or all that stuff. And then I ride into town to go to band practice, and I pass the locations that he had introduced me to, and the memories come back.
I’m like, oh, my dad really did introduce me to a lot of cool things. As destructive as he was and cavalier as he was, he was also constantly feeding me experience, and ideas, and exposure to different interesting elements of life. So I want to do the same for my son. I want to introduce him to cool things, but it’s a different era.”