Ozzy Talks Sabbath, Next Solo Disc

Says next one with Iommi, Butler will be “last hurrah”

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Ozzy Osbourne has spoken to Billboard.com about his upcoming plans, which include tracking the final Black Sabbath album and his next solo release.

Sabbath’s plans are not definitive right just yet.

“I keep asking [my wife] Sharon, ‘When are we gonna start it?’ She said it’s not this year. I can’t really say how long it’s gonna take. Once we get going it won’t take that long, I don’t think, ’cause Rick Rubin — I assume he’s going to (produce) it again — is very quick. And Tony comes up with the best riffs, one after the other. He never runs out. I sent a text to Tony, ‘Please send me some riffs to get my head around,’ and he said ‘I’ll get some and I’ll send some over to you.’”

He later described the coming album and ensuing tour would be the band’s “last hurrah…Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing.”

He still wants Bill Ward involved, he says.

“I would absolutely love that. We all would,. We were all sad he didn’t come the last time. But I don’t deal with the dough and the business side; that’s my wife’s job. The thing is, when you’ve got four guys with four different agendas and managers, it gets pretty crazy. I just go, ‘You do what you’ve got to do, Sharon. I’ll do what I’ve got to do.’”

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