Ozzy Osbourne Reveals If He Would Make a New Song With An AI-Generated Randy Rhoads

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Back in November, The Beatles released their “final” song, which was completed thanks to the assistance of AI. This track, titled “Now And Then,” is based on a past John Lennon demo the band attempted to work on in 1995 but couldn’t finish due to technological limits. However, thanks to AI software that was used to “extricate” Lennon’s voice from an old recording, the track was ultimately completed.

While there’s already been debate regarding the potential role AI may have in the future of recording and music, the release of this song brings even more to the table to discuss. Might other artists/bands rely on similar technology to bring old recordings to life? To possibly complete once scrapped projects?

In a recent episode of The Osbournes podcast, Ozzy Osbourne was asked about such a potential creative endeavor. Specifically, Osbourne is asked if he would be open to making a song using an AI-generated version of his late guitarist Randy Rhoads, or perhaps another artist he looks up to. In response to this, Osbourne references the recently released “final” Beatles song and says the following (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“I haven’t considered it yet, but as far as me doing something like what the remaining Beatles did with the John Lennon thing, that was a partial song and they cleaned the track up. I don’t think I have anything left of Randy Rhoads.”

Sharon Osbourne then speaks up and says, “No, there’s nothing left that was properly recorded. There’s just like a couple of silly cassettes floating around that [people] go, ‘This is wonderful stuff.’ A cassette from 40 years ago is not gonna be great, taken from a rehearsal room.”

Jack Osbourne follows up and asks Ozzy if he would be down to use AI to examine how Rhoads played and make a track in a similar way. To this, Ozzy says,  “Well, you know what? I’m open for anything, if it was good quality. ‘Cause, let’s face it, that Beatles thing, ‘Now And Then’, wasn’t a Beatles song; it was a John Lennon song.”

He adds, “The thing with AI, you can go, ‘Make me a new album.’ … But that’s the future. The music scene’s gonna be completely different.”

What do you think of Ozzy Osbourne potentially getting involved with AI? Below you can check out the latest episode from The Osbournes.

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