Ozzy’s new album, Patient Number 9, features a plethora of intriguing guests; such guests include: Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, fellow Black Sabbath member Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, and many more. One of the artists that was invited to collab on Patient Number 9 is that of Jimmy Page. But, as Ozzy puts it, Page never returned his calls.
Ozzy says, “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. But I never heard from him. Maybe he’d lost his phone or something!”
While Ozzy may be in the dark when it comes to why Page didn’t return his calls, Jimmy actually provided a reason as to why he refused Ozzy’s offer. Back in April, via Classic Rock (as transcribed by NME), Jimmy Page shared the following pertaining to a personal project of his:
“There’s various things I’m working towards. It’s not just one thing, it’s multiple things, and I don’t want to even give a hint, because if you do … you give a one-sentence sound bite, and then if it doesn’t materialise, it’s like: ‘Why didn’t you do a solo album?’
“So I don’t want to say what it is that I’ve got planned, because I don’t want to give people the chance to misinterpret it.”
He then went on to add the following: “I will never be one of those people who’ll record alone and send someone a file. I never went into music in the first place to do that – it was for playing together.”
So it seems like Jimmy just wasn’t interested in recording music on his own and emailing it. Would you have been pumped to hear Jimmy on Patient Number 9? How excited are you for Ozzy’s new record?