Ozzy Osbourne Was “Paranoid” Of Famous Guitarist

Ozzy Osbourne Was “Paranoid” Of Famous Guitarist

Earlier this summer, Ozzy Osbourne revealed the details for his forthcoming album, “Patient Number 9,” which comes out Sept. 9. The album’s title track and video, which includes Jeff Beck, was also released. “The Prince of Darkness” also put out a second song from the album, “Degradation Rules,” which features a guest spot from legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. “It was really great working with Tony,” Osbourne told SiriusXM. “He’s the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black ’Sabbath’s ’13’ album.”

The album includes guest appearances by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan as well as a host of notable guitarists including Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Queens of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Black Label Society and longtime Ozzy axeman Zack Wylde. Recently on an episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM, Osbourne shared a story with co-host Billy Morrison about how he once thought Clapton was stalking him. “Many, many years ago, me and Sharon [Osbourne] were in New York and we had to go to an award show. Everybody was there. And I was still doing drugs and alcohol, and I was freaked out. So, we go to this award show and afterwards there’s me, (singer) Grace Jones… and Grace Jones and I wanted a picture of Eric Clapton, me and Grace Jones together. And he’d just come out of [a rehab center]. So, he was freaked out [by the whole scene], which I didn’t know. And I’d convinced myself that he was gonna stop this photograph from being [released]; I’d never seen it for the longest time.”

“Then I went to an AA meeting in the valley many years later; it was like 10 years later,” Ozzy continued. “I turn around in this AA meeting and there at the back was Eric Clapton sitting there. And I’m, like, ‘F*cking hell…. He still remembers.’ Not thinking of what he’s done in the last 10 years, I’m thinking, ‘All he’s done, he’s still thinking how much he hates me.’ So I’m thinking, ‘At the end of the meeting, I’m gonna go out that door. I’m f*cking legging this.’ I’m thinking, ‘He hates me. He’s gonna call me the biggest c*nt he ever met.’ So, I’m just going back to cross the road. I’ll get in the car and drive off.”

“A couple weeks later, I go again. There he is again. I’m thinking, ‘This f*cking guy… Yeah, I’m paranoid as f*ck. So, I’m just about to cross the road and get in my car and drive off. He goes, ‘Ozzy.’ I go, ‘Here we go.’ And he goes, ‘Good to see you in the room.’ We had a chat and I thought, ‘Wow, what a nice guy.’ The f*cking next week, I go to a music stand and that photograph [from the award show] was in the magazine, the first magazine I picked up.”

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