Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne have been friends and musical conspirators for most of the former's life, starting when the six-stringer was only 19 and continuing for two decades with Wylde as lead guitarist and co-songwriter on many of the Prince of Fucking Darkness' solo albums. While their relationship remains strong, Wylde recently admitted on The Cassius Morris Show that he isn't a part of Ozzy's upcoming LP, the singer's 12th solo full-length and first since 2010's Scream. The news shouldn't come as too big a surprise since Wylde wasn't present for that one, either.
"No, no, we didn't do anything on that," Wylde says in the interview, which can be streamed above. "Ozz, he just jammed with some friends that he knows." Ozzy's new album was made in just four weeks and helmed by Post Malone producer Andrew Watt following the Black Sabbath singer's collaborative song with Post, "Take What You Want."
Wylde adds that there are no hard feelings: Ozzy was upfront about working with other musicians, and Post Malone is a fan of the guitarist's own band, Black Label Society, too. "Post came down to a Black Label show about maybe, I don't know, almost half a year ago or something like that ...," Wylde noted. "When I heard the [Post Malone] track, Ozzy sounds great on it, man. But no, I didn't have nothing to do with the stuff that Ozz just recorded."
Wylde will still be playing live with the Ozzman, however, including on his 2020 North American tour. Osbourne was recently forced to further postpone his European dates with Judas Priest. "I just saw Ozzy the other day — he was at my daughter's wedding," the guitarist said. "He's still doing his rehab and he's doing everything like that. Obviously, we were gonna do these shows right now, but the doctor was, like, 'Nah, you're not ready to get out there and do it.' It's no different than playing sports. If you're not ready to pitch, there's no sense in jeopardizing you making the injury even worse — you know what I mean? — until you're good to go. Then I'll stick you back out on the mound."