Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone has confirmed to Billboard.com that Ozzy Osbourne is working on “a really special album.” She added: “It’s going to be amazing. It’s something Ozzy has never done before that he’s always wanted to do.”
Ozzy performed with his solo band on Saturday, August 29 at the first annual Epic Fest — a celebration of the record label on Los Angeles’ Sony Pictures lot. His set included “Suicide Solution”, “I Don’t Know”, “Bark At The Moon” and the BLACK SABBATH staples “War Pigs”, “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Paranoid”. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Ozzy Osbourne said last October that his “Memoirs Of A Madman” compilation was meant to remind fans that he hadn’t put an end to his solo career after spending a couple of years recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH.
“Memoirs Of A Madman” served as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy‘s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career, and was made available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.
Speaking to GMI Rock last year, Ozzy stated about the collection: “‘Memoirs Of A Madman’ was, because I’ve been not doing my solo stuff for quite awhile now, I’ve been touring with BLACK SABBATH, I just wanted to let everybody know I haven’t stopped doing my solo stuff. It’s like a bridge thing… So I’m gonna do one more BLACK SABBATH tour, one more album with BLACK SABBATH, and I’m in the process, as we go along, [of] collecting stuff that I’m writing. I’ve co-written about three songs so far for my own solo thing…It’ll take about two or three years before I release solo stuff again, so ‘Memoirs Of The Madman’ is just to say to the fans that I haven’t stopped, y’know?”
Ozzy‘s last solo studio effort was 2010’s “Scream”.
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