Ozzy Says Jimmy Page Never Responded To His Invitation To Collaborate

Publish Date
Friday, 19 August 2022, 9:00AM

Ozzy Osbourne did indeed reach out to Jimmy Page for a contribution to his forthcoming solo album, Patient Number 9, but with the album due out in a few weeks, Ozzy is still waiting for a reply.

The new album, Ozzy's 13th solo effort overall, features a gauntlet of special guest guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Mike McCready and Ozzy's fellow Black Sabbath co-founder Tony Iommi.

Elton John, Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and longtime Ozzy guitarist/band leader Zakk Wylde also contributed to the record.

Smith let slip in the spring that Page was Ozzy's white whale for Patient Number 9. In a new conversation with Metal Hammer, Ozzy confirms that he really wanted to work with the Led Zeppelin mastermind.

"I don't even know if he plays anymore, but I thought getting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page meant having the greatest guitarists on the planet," Ozzy said. "But I never heard from him. Maybe he'd lost his phone or something."

While Page has teased a comeback for some time, it's been years since he performed live or released any new recordings. In late 2020, he said pandemic isolation had prompted him to start playing guitar again every day.

Almost a year later in 2021 at the premiere of the Becoming Led Zeppelin documentary, Page made no mention of a return to music.

Patient Number 9 is due September 9. 


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