In the lead-up to the release of Ozzy Osbourne's collaboration-heavy, 13th studio album, Patient Number 9, set for release on September 9, the singer has opened up about working with guitar icon Eric Clapton on one of the tracks in a new interview.
Speaking with Classic Rock magazine, Osbourne explains the song "One of Those Days," which he collaborated with Clapton on for the new release, contains the lyric "One of those days that I don't believe in Jesus," admitting, "that's going to cause s***, I suppose.” Apparently, it already had... with Clapton himself.
"It's not an 'I am an anti-Christ song,'" Ozzy says. "It's about those days when everything goes f***ing wrong, and you're going nuts trying to fix everything up." But when Clapton first heard the lyric, "he said, 'Oh, I'm not sure about that,'" Osbourne remembered. "We tried to replace it with some alternatives. We did 'One of those days where I don't believe in Christmas,' but it didn't sound right. Losing faith in Jesus makes much more sense when the world is turning to s***."
In the end, Ozzy says "that song and the whole album turned out great... that said, I've never gone into the studio and said, 'This time I think I'll make a bad record.' The best record is always the one you do next."
"I've done my best and I'm happy, now it's up to the fans to decide its fate," Ozzy concludes. "Whatever happens, I won't let the world forget about me."
Ozzy's Patient Number 9 is set for release on September 9. Check out the collab-stacked tracklisting below.
Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9
Patient Number 9 (feat. Jeff Beck)
Immortal (feat. Mike McCready)
Parasite (feat. Zakk Wylde)
No Escape From Now (feat. Tony Iommi)
One Of Those Days (feat. Eric Clapton)
A Thousand Shades (feat. Jeff Beck)
Mr. Darkness (feat. Zakk Wylde)
Nothing Feels Right (feat. Zakk Wylde)
Evil Shuffle (feat. Zakk Wylde)
Degradation Rules (feat. Tony Iommi)
Dead And Gone
God Only Knows
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