Ozzy Osbourne recently shared that he is excited to continue his work in the new year. His new album has a long list of guests and among them is Taylor Hawkins who died in March of this year. It was a massive loss for the community and he will be missed a lot.
Taylor played drums on a few songs in his recent album ‘Patient Number 9’. He also has writing credits on ‘Parasite’, ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Mr. Darkness’. And seems like they also have other songs which are yet to be released. After Ozzy heard of Taylor’s passing he tweeted,
“[Taylor Hawkins] was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love, and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band, and his fans. See you on the other side.”
And during a recent interview with Kerrang!, he admitted he didn’t know he was a big deal. He commented, “When I met him, and from what I saw of him, he was a really nice man, one whose soul will surely last. I should imagine that everyone in that band was f****** devastated when the poor guy passed away.”
Again Ozzy talked about how Hawkins’ untimely death has made Osbourne appreciate a lot of things in his life. He recently appreciated the drummer’s impact on his life. In a discussion with Forbes, when asked about his album’s Grammy nominations he said,
“Just yesterday, I put it back on again, The players I got on the album — Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Taylor Hawkins, he’s on the album as well. He came down to the studio, and he was a very nice guy. It was sad when he died.”
He continued, “I was saying to my wife just recently, ‘I don’t drink booze anymore, I don’t smoke tobacco anymore, don’t do hard drugs anymore, don’t stay out late.’ So I don’t do anything, and I like how I feel. I used to think, ‘You’ve got to have a few drinks in you. How can you create anything if your mind ain’t working?’ I used to think that was food for your creativity.”
“It’s bullsh*t; it’s what addicts and alcoholics say. Life’s not bad. Three days ago, I turned 74, and I don’t know, for the life of me, how I made it to 74. But I’m glad I did. On the road is where it all happens for me. Some nights I’m good; some nights, I’m not so good. I’m getting slowly better, and I don’t give a f*ck if I have to crawl on the stage. I will get back on that stage very soon. The date I’m putting in the books is May of next year. I’m going to get well by May. I’ve got to set myself a date.”
Ozzy released his new album Patient Number 9 on September 9. The album features many artists like Jeff Beck, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, and even Eric Clapton and many more. Although Osbourne has been struggling with his health, he says he is determined to put up the performance of his life very soon.
We wish him all the best!