Ozzy Osbourne says that he can’t decide whether he wants to make a new full-length studio album or release standalone singes.
Osbourne hasn’t issued a solo album since 2010’s “Scream” and has spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH before the legendary heavy metal act retired from the road.
Speaking to The Orange County Register, Ozzy confirmed that he “had four or five ideas” for a possible follow-up to “Scream” but admitted that “it’s not cost-effective to make it like that anymore. You actually lose money because people aren’t buying records anymore,” he said. “A couple of songs, maybe I’ll do that and put that out. I’ll go to Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy‘s wife and manager] and say, ‘I want to do an album’ and then I’ll go to her and say, ‘I don’t want to do an album.’ I really can’t make up my mind.”
Ozzy told the Los Angeles radio show “Whiplash” in a recent interview that he had “a bunch of songs written” for his next disc. Pressed for more details about the effort, Ozzy said, “I’ve got about seven songs. One’s called ‘Mr. Armageddon’, one’s called ‘Crack Cocaine’.”
Although Ozzy has had plenty of success on the radio throughout his career, he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he doesn’t write songs with singles in mind. “I don’t write singles, per se. I don’t write Top 10 singles. I work on albums rather than singles. I mean, do people still buy singles? I don’t think people buy any fucking records anymore, do they?”
Earlier this year, Ozzy reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde, who played on studio albums such as “No Rest For The Wicked”, “No More Tears” and “Ozzmosis” and who has toured on and off with Ozzy for nearly thirty years.
Ozzy has played a handful of solo shows since doing his final concerts with BLACK SABBATH last February. The legendary band wrapped up its forty-nine-year career with a year-long farewell tour, ending with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, England.
A CD/DVD package called “The End”, capturing the final SABBATH concert on film and as a live album, will be released on November 17.
Ozzy will next headline the first day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4 in San Bernardino, California.