It’s been a long road to recovery for Ozzy Osbourne, and music is helping push him along.
The 70-year-old has finished recording his 12th solo album, which would be his first since 2010’s Scream. The new LP contains nine tracks, one of which is called “Ordinary Man,” and it took just a month to make.
In an interview with The Sun, Ozzy said he thinks working on new music helped save his life as he recovered from a string of health problems.
“If it wasn’t for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to be lying here forever,’” he said. “I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my a**.”
Ozzy’s string of bad luck started last October when he developed a staph infection after hand surgery, then he got the flu which morphed into pneumonia. But the worst happened in January when he fell face-first in his home, leading to neck surgery that resulted in agonizing pain.
The turning point came when Post Malone asked him to contribute to a track on his new album. “Take What You Want” just cracked the top 10, giving Ozzy his highest chart position in more than three decades. 30 years and 3 months is also the longest gap between Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s in history. The last time Ozzy did it was in 1989 on the Lita Ford duet “Close My Eyes Forever.”
Ozzy’s time back in the studio led him to working with Post Malone’s producer on a new album of his own.
“This is my first recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch,” Ozzy said. “Music goes straight online these days and that’s quicker than it takes me to write a text. It’s all about downloads and streaming now.”
If all continues to go well, Ozzy will progress to touring again in the next few months. Dates that were cancelled because of his health problems have been rescheduled starting in January in the UK.