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To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment the arrow is invisible until you roll over it and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox gmail. But he's getting there. He'll be back. As Ozzy has been asked more often about retirement, he has made clear that he doesn't do much else but music. Even his 'No More Tours 2' farewell tour, which resumes in May , isn't being billed as a true retirement because Ozzy and Sharon know that he won't be able to stay away from recording or playing the occasional show.
I mean, you'll know! Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone told Billboard in August that Osbourne was working on a "really special album. It's something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do. NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook.
Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. Since the songs were already written, I would assume they had some pretty firm ideas as to what they wanted. I think Ozzy knew that I was coming into a very high-pressure situation, so he basically said, 'Do you thing, man. He said, 'Gus, you have to be percent happy with whatever you put down on tape, because once it's done, it's there for the whole world to hear.
So I made sure that I got all my parts and solos perfect. It took a while, a lot of fixing things and going over everything. In the end, it was all worth the time and effort. What about riffs? Again, since the songs were already written, were there times where you might have changed a riff or two?
Kevin was very receptive to my ideas He's an amazing producer, and I such a good time working with him. He encouraged me a lot. I never felt like he was holding me back in any way. On a few of the cuts you do pinch harmonics, which are, of course, part of Zakk's signature style. But one thing we have to make clear is that Zakk didn't invent pinch harmonics. But that wouldn't stop me from doing pinch harmonics. I've love playing them and I've put them on my records for years.
What I'm getting at is, was there any temptation on your part to emulate Zakk or even Randy Rhoads? At the same time, I wanted to put my own sound on the record, as well. That was my thought process the entire time.
You can't change the sound completely; that's not what the gig is about. But you can throw a few surprises in there if you do it tastefully. What's your approach to soloing? Do you plot them out beforehand and demo them, or do you go into the studio and wing 'em? Then I'll sit down and actually construct the solo, part by part. The whole process starts out loose but gradually it gets more methodical. It all starts from jamming, though. As I jam, I hear certain things that work over the rest of the music.
The biggest thing is to keep your ears open - you don't want to do something cool and miss it. How many passes did you do on that? The lyrics kept changing, the riffs kept changing, the arrangement changed back and forth. Originally, I did a whammy pedal solo, only I don't really know how to use a whammy pedal.
So I did some crazy shit with high octaves, which sounded OK. But then the lyrics changed again, so I had to think of another type of solo - that's the one that ended up on the final recording. In that song and on Soul Sucker, you do some classic hammer-on and pull-offs.
Everybody has influenced me a little bit. It was one of the last songs we did. I went in and heard the riff; it was an OK riff, not a great one. So Kevin and I discussed what could be done to make it better. What if I did a talk box thing on the riff? Then Kevin said, 'Why don't you try saying "Soul Sucker" on the riff through the talk box? That was a lot of fun putting that song together.
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