In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne has given fans a glimpse into his future musical endeavors. The former Black Sabbath frontman recently revealed that he is in the early stages of crafting a new album, slated for recording in early 2024.
Osbourne, known for his distinctive voice and groundbreaking contributions to heavy metal music, expressed his eagerness to embark on this new musical journey. “I’ve done two albums fairly recently, but I want to do one more album and then go back on the road,” he shared. “I’m just starting to work on it now, and we’ll be recording in the early part of next year. I want to take my time with this one!”
The revelation comes in the wake of Osbourne’s recent health challenges, particularly a spinal surgery to correct damage sustained during a 2019 incident. Despite facing multiple medical procedures, the rock legend indicated that this recent surgery would be his last. He declared, “Tomorrow, I have my final surgery on my neck, which is gonna be the final surgery, because I can’t do it anymore. Regardless of the way it ends up after tomorrow, I’m not doing it anymore. I can’t.”
In the Metal Hammer interview, Osbourne provided an update on his health, stating, “I’m feeling okay. I thought I’d be back on my feet months ago, I just couldn’t get used to this mode of living, constantly having something wrong. I can’t walk properly yet, but I’m not in any pain anymore, and the surgery on my spine went great.”
This announcement follows Ozzy Osbourne’s cancellation of his headlining performance at the upcoming Power Trip festival, where he was scheduled to co-headline with music legends such as Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and others.
While Osbourne has faced health setbacks in recent years, he did manage to make two live appearances in Birmingham, England, and Los Angeles last year, albeit with limited stage time. The experience, however, rekindled his passion for performing. “Up until last night, I was semi-retired,” he revealed after the Birmingham concert. “For three years, I’m thinking, ‘I’m never going onstage.’ I kind of half-bought myself into the fact that [my performing career] was over.” However, he expressed a renewed determination to return to the stage, driven by the thrill of performing live once again.
Fans and music enthusiasts alike eagerly await Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming album, which promises to be a significant addition to his legendary career.