Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs as the band headliner at the Jim Marshall main stage during day 3 of Download Festival at Donington Park on June 10, 2012 in Castle Donington, United Kingdom.
It’s been over 30 years since Black Sabbath has recorded an album with Ozzy Osbourne, and a lot has changed in that time.
In a recent interview with the New Zealand Herald, the Prince of Darkness opened up about the biggest differences that he’s noticed among his band mates and himself since reuniting with them earlier this year:
“We're all clean, and all in control of ourselves, we're not intimidated by each other, there are no arguments, and it's the way it should be. But when we were kids we had egos. When you're 21 and you get some success it takes a while to get your head around.”
And while most of the changes within the group are positive ones, Ozzy is worried that other factors, such as the absence of drummer Bill Ward, may result in disappointment for diehard Sabbath fans.
“Black Sabbath is very unique in the respect that nothing is formulated,” Ozzy explains. “It’s very unpredictable. I just hope the people who have waited all these years aren’t disappointed.”
The band has also had to deal with guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis, and how strenuous the recording process can sometimes be on him. Still, Ozzy says that Iommi has pushed through and “still manages to come up with those great riffs.”
In the end, Osbourne credits the music with bringing Black Sabbath back together after three decades, stating, “So what it boils down to is the music. And that’s what got us where we are in the first place. We’re still able to work together and that’s where the enjoyment comes from. It’s been a lot of fun making this record.”
Black Sabbath is reportedly well into the process of recording 15 brand new tracks for the album, which is being produced by Rick Rubin and due out in April of next year.