Ozzy Osbourne has debuted the title track from his new album, “Patient Number 9,” via an animated music video directed by Todd McFarlane. The album, Osbourne’s first since 2020’s “Ordinary Man,” will be released on Sept. 9, 2022, and is available for pre-order here.
“Having worked with Ozzy in the past, I jumped at another opportunity to do so again … especially on the music side this time,” McFarlane said. “In the harsh business called the music industry, any creative person who’s sustained a multi-decades career has shown the skill, talent and tenacity that will always garner my admiration. Ozzy has shown many of us creative folks that it’s indeed possible to make a living doing what you love for nearly an entire lifetime. Go, Ozzy!”
Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on “Ordinary Man”) and set for release on Epic, “Patient Number 9” marks Osbourne’s 13 solo studio album.
“Patient Number 9” was written by Osbourne, Watt, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith and Ali Tamposi and features a solo from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. The video marks the first collaboration from the project with Emmy-and Grammy-winning director/producer McFarlane. It is highlighted by McFarlane’s signature illustrations interspersed with live Ozzy vignettes in the role of “Patient Number 9,” which the revolutionary creative force in the world of comics and toys also filmed. In addition, this is the first-ever video to incorporate Ozzy’s artwork; ;is hand-drawn demons were animated and can be seen during the Jeff Beck solo in the song.
Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic supporting cast. The record features guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and longstanding righthand man Zakk Wylde, who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters made an appearance. Old friend and one-time Ozzy band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder/guitarist Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album.
An exclusive version of “Patient Number 9” with a limited-edition McFarlane-designed comic book is available for pre-order; a limited-edition comic with foil cover also is available with a special deluxe box.
Q&A: Ozzy on “Patient Number 9”
Q: This is your first album to be released after the pandemic. What was going through your mind during the early days of the pandemic and are any of those feelings reflected in these songs?
OZZY: “Well, I was vaccinated and boosted and I still caught COVIC in the end. My last album (‘Ordinary Man’) was released just a few weeks before the pandemic started, and I was just about getting ready to go into the studio to work on this new one when the world shut down. It’s no secret that the last four years have been very difficult for me but making this album took my mind off of my problems.”
The album features some players with whom have history. What was it like to be reunited with Tony Iommi musically?
“It was really great working with Tony. He’s the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath’s ’13’ album.”
Zakk contributes a lot on this album–how was the decision made to have him play since he didn’t play on the last album?
“Zakk is part of my family and always will be. The album needed that weight that his playing provides. He just came in and really sorted things out.”
Tell us about the first single, “Patient Number 9,” which features Jeff Beck. What do you feel he has contributed to the song?
“The song is about a mental institution. Having someone like Jeff Beck play on my album is just incredible, a total honor. There’s no other guitar player that plays like him and his solo on ‘Patient Number 9’ is just jaw-dropping.”
“Patient Number 9” track listing:
1. Patient Number 9 (feat. Jeff Beck)
2. Immortal (feat. Mike McCready)
3. Parasite (feat. Zakk Wylde)
4. Mr. Darkness (feat. Zakk Wylde)
5. One of Those Days (feat. Eric Clapton)
6. A Thousand Shades (feat. Jeff Beck)
7. No Escape from Now (feat. Tony Iommi)
8. Nothing Feels Right (feat. Zakk Wylde)
9. Evil Shuffle (feat. Zakk Wylde)
10. Degradation Rules (feat. Tony Iommi)
11. Dead and Gone
12. God Only Knows
13. Darkside Blues