Patient Number 9 is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne’s new album and the first since his critically acclaimed, chart-topping 2020 release Ordinary Man. Guests include Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Jeff Beck, and Taylor Hawkins.
It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic - it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy record, and more.
Patient Number 9 has the most legendary guests ever on an Ozzy Osbourne record. Working with producer Andrew Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list supporting cast. The record boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding right-hand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on a majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, and the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters also makes 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 taking over on a few songs.
And for the first time EVER, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-lord Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album.
The album’s first single, “Patient Number 9,” comes complete with a video directed by legendary comic book artist and creator Todd McFarlane. The video 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 video to incorporate Ozzy’s artwork: his hand-drawn demons were animated and can be seen during the riveting solo from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck.
“Having worked with Ozzy in the past, I jumped at another opportunity to do so again…especially on the music side this time,” McFarlane says. “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!”
He’s sold over 100 million records, is one of a handful of artists who has had top ten albums in the last six decades, received induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a co-founder of Black Sabbath, won three Grammy Awards, earned the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, set a Guinness World Record, and claimed real estate on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Birmingham Walk of Stars. He’s played for royalty (even the Queen of England!) and dignitaries around the world, interacted with presidents and performed to millions of devoted fans on five continents. That’s the stuff you already know (we hope), but what really matters is Ozzy is still kicking ass and “going fucking crazy!” to this day.