Ozzy Osbourne says he doesn’t particularly enjoy working with Tony Iommi.

The original Sabbath singer has spoken about the guitarist in a new interview with The Times– and says he found it difficult working with him.

He says, “Do I like working with him? Not really. Do I like him as a person? Yeah, I love him as a person.

But if people were to say to me, ‘Was there a leader of Black Sabbath?’ I’d have to say it was Tony because without his guitar riffs, we’d be still sitting in fucking rehearsal with our thumbs up our arses going, ‘What do we do now?’”

Osbourne also states that he has moved on from his former band, who played their last show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February 2017. He states, “I’ll tell you what it was like. It’s like when you’re younger and you met a girl, Susie, and you break up and you don’t see her for 30 years.

Then she’s in town and you go, ‘Oh, I’ll give Susie a call,’ because your memory only remembers the good parts and you can narrow it then to a week and you go, ‘I remember that week and it was lovely.’ But then you go back and you go, ‘I forgot the f–king four and three-quarter years I was fucking miserable.”

Ozzy says he’s back “in control” now that he’s doing his solo shows and adds, “I get more pleasure out of doing the gigs now.”

Ozzy will headline a special Ozzfest on New Year’s Eve at The Forum in Los Angeles, where he’ll be joined by artists including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Body Count.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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  1. I get it, you don’t like Blue Murder, but I challenge you to play one Sykes solo, then get back to me. I wouldn’t even dare to ask you to try and execute a Franklin bass line.

    Also, no offense, but the fact that you would refer to Blue Murder as average, but laud Greta Van Fleet? Y’okay, talk about something to laugh at, now that is funny.

  2. Thanks, Craig. As far as Blue Murder goes, you should give them another listen, Sykes is a genius. My only problem with Sykes is that he takes too long to release new music! I respect the fact that he’s a perfectionist, but come on, 20 years? Let’s go! 😉

  3. He was in Thin Lizzy prior to Whitesnake, you have heard of them, right?

    Apparently, the album, he co-wrote with Phil Lynott, Thunder and Lightning, is considered a very strong effort, by the band. I, admittedly, never heard anything past the title track (which is kind of heavy for Lizzy) and Cold Sweat (which I happen to love Sykes’ version of on Bad Boy Live).

    Also, he co-wrote some of the biggest hits off the ’87 Whitesnake album, which is their most successful selling album to date. Whitesnake’s next record, Slip Of Tongue, was in my opinion, weak in comparison to Blue Murder’s debut effort. It seems that without Sykes, to help co-write songs. such as, Still Of The Night, Bad Boys, Is This Love? and Give Me All Your Love, the band has never been the same.

    Regarding Franklin, I was merely suggesting his playing on songs, such as, Riot, Billy and Ptolemy.

    Furthermore, I would not necessarily quantify Blue Murder’s second CD, Nothin’ But Trouble, a flop, that is a bit of an exaggeration. While it was not as successful as their debut album, it had some really good tracks like, Dance, Love Child and She Knows (which is one of only a hand few of ballads that I can actually tolerate ), and We All Fall Down, did have radio play, at the time it was released.

    Finally, I don’t care if GVF is currently selling out shows, talk to me in two years from now, when they can barely sell out a club. They are a passing fad with zero originality, and I would not be surprised if in five years from now, unless they become something other than a cloned nostalgia act, you even hear a song from them on any radio/musical platforms. On the other hand, classic rock radio will still be playing music from Sykes. Whom, in my opinion, has a far superior singing voice, compared to the singer from GVF.

    It also begs the question, why bother to listen to them when you can just listen to Zeppelin? Speaking of which, here are some comments from both Plant, and Jason Bonham, about the band.

    Robert Plant Calls Out Greta Van Fleet for Not Admitting Zeppelin Influence: https://www.iheart.com/content/2018-04-02-robert-plant-calls-out-greta-van-fleet-for-not-admitting-zeppelin-influence/

    Jason Bonham Reacts to Greta Van Fleet: Robert Plant Did Not Sound Like That, He Was Way Better: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/jason_bonham_reacts_to_greta_van_fleet_robert_plant_did_not_sound_like_that_he_was_way_better.html

  4. Craig, thanks for reading my comments….seriously, I appreciate it. Even though Dana and Doug are the only ones who talk to me on here pretty much, I appreciate my other friends on here…the great DR with his awesome account of Dynasty; that’s what I am talking about; serious discussion about this stuff, this stuff is important. GFV …. there’s another band called something or other the Truth that’s much better (they should shorten their freaking name).
    Vai didn’t really work in Whitesnake but Sykes worked. Sykes is so talented but he’s not easy to work with…that’s what you get with guys as talented as Sykes. Cold Sweat is one of the best songs ever created.

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