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Taylor Hawkins features on Ozzy Osbourne's new album, ‘Patient Number 9’

“When I met him, and from what I saw of him, he was a really nice man, one whose soul will surely last."
9 September 2022 4:40PM

Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, ‘Patient Number 9’, just dropped and the late, great Taylor Hawkins features on a few tracks. 

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to be able to listen to the album - how good? - which unfortunately means, as for now, we cannot confirm exactly what songs Hawkins features on - how not good?

Ozzy, however, did share a good yarn about how Hawkins helped him with one of the tracks, ‘Degradation Rules’ which features Black Sabbath bandmate, Tony Iommi. 

“You know what ‘Degradation Rules’ is all about?” Ozzy said in an interview with Kerrang! “Masturbation. Sticky little magazines. A toss-pot.”

“There’s a line in there, ‘Red Tube rules!’ which is an [ode to] the free porn site. And, do you know who suggested that? The drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who died recently.”

Never one to mince words, Ozzy went to talk about how he did not even know Hawkins until the stickman came to help him out with ‘Patient Number 9', but he did say he thought Taylor was a good bugger.

“To be perfectly honest with you, I’d never heard of him before he played on my album,” the Prince of Darkness admitted. “But he must be good to play with Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters.” 

“When I met him, and from what I saw of him, he was a really nice man, one whose soul will surely last. I should imagine that everyone in that band was fucking devastated when the poor guy passed away.”

You’re not wrong Ozzy mate. 

The album, Ozzy’s first since his 2020 project ‘Ordinary Man’, has a long list of high-profile features, we’ve already mentioned Iommi and Hawkins, but Chad Smith, Jeff Beck, Josh Homme, Duff McKagan, Eric Clapton, and more all feature on the thirteen track album. 

Ozzy Osbourne appeared 15 times on The Rock 2000 Countdown last year (his solo work), peaking at #20 with 'Crazy Train’. How many times will he place this year? Listen and track The Rock 2000 Countdown now.