Ozzy Osbourne recently confirmed that he had once attempted to get Jimmy Page on board to make an appearance on his new album “Patient Number 9”. Due on September 9, “Patient Number 9” features guest appearances by several other legendary guitarists, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Osbourne speculated that Jimmy Page is retired from playing guitar.
Ozzy Osbourne opens up on the matter
Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine, the Black Sabbath frontman said that the Led Zeppelin legend never got back to him when approached to record a guest solo for the record:
“I don’t even know if he plays any more, but I thought getting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page meant having the greatest guitarists on the planet,” Ozzy said. “But I never heard from him. Maybe he’d lost his phone or something.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, is also a part of “Patient Number 9”, previously talked about Page’s non-appearance on the LP this past April during an appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast. At the time, he said: “We tried to get Jimmy Page — we tried to get the holy trinity — but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately.” (Clapton, Beck and Page are all former members of The Yardbirds).
Ozzy’s new album features a number of other big names, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Josh Homme of Queens of The Stone Age and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.