Why Ozzy Tried To Get Jimmy Page On New LP
Ozzy for an Ordinary Man promotional clip - Spotify / Youtube
Chad Smith, the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently revealed how the newly-formed team for Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming album almost had Jimmy Page complete the line-up.
Smith’s latest collab with the Prince of Darkness was back in 2020, inside Osbourne’s Ordinary Man. The latest project was revealed in the drummer’s recent visit to Talk Is Jericho. Smith also revealed that since that 2020 crossover, Tommy Iommi and Osbourne have never worked together outside Black Sabbath.
“Tony sent us a bunch of riffs, and we took what we thought was the best of them, which was fu****g great,” Smith revealed. “It’s fu****g got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want,” he added.
Even Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck participated inside the material: “Then Eric Clapton plays a f****g wah-wah Cream-type solo. We’re like, ‘Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please.’ … Because that’s his fu****g thing… Then Jeff Beck is on two songs.”
Seemingly wanting to reunite the “holy trinity,” Smith also pursued Jimmy Page but failed. “I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately,” he said.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Robert Trujillo of Metallica, and Osbourne’s guitarist Zakk Wylde were also confirmed to be of attendance inside the album, with the release date to be announced hopefully soon.