Having more than $220 million net worth, the English singer Ozzy Osbourne came to prominence as a lead vocalist and co-founder of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Debuted in the band’s self-titled album in 1970, Osbourne had released 10 studio albums with Sabbath.
Outside of his Sabbath career, Ozzy Osbourne has been doing great works in his solo career. Launched his solo career when he was dismissed from Sabbath in the late ’70s, Ozzy Osbourne released 12 solo studio albums in total. When his debut solo effort was released in 1980, titled Blizzard of Ozz, Osbourne, who’s been making his thirteenth solo album, released his twelfth album, Ordinary Man, in 2020.
On the other hand, Lemmy Kilmister was the founder, bassist, lead singer, and only continuous member of the rock band Motörhead, which was formed in 1975. Although the musician had passed away on December 28, 2015, Lemmy‘s musical works have been continuing to inspire rock and roll musicians.
In the past, Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy had collaborated for several efforts. Motörhead frontman had contributed to four songs from Ozzy Osbourne‘s sixth solo album, No More Tears. Those songs were I Don’t Want To Change The World, Mama, I’m Coming Home, Desire, and Hellraiser.
However, one of those musicians’ meetings happened at the Heavy Metal Holocaust rock festival at Port Vale Football Stadium in the United Kingdom. Recently, Ozzy Osbourne has shared two different backstage photos with Lemmy.
In the photos, they were chatting with each other and looking very happy.
“With Lemmy from Motörhead, backstage at Heavy Metal Holocaust, Port Vale Football Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom in 1981 #ozzy #lemmy #helllraiser,” Ozzy Osbourne captioned when he sent the photos.
Did Lemmy Join Ozzy Osbourne In The Studio During ‘No More Tears’?
As some of you might remember, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde had answered that whether Lemmy joined Ozzy Osbourne and his fold during the recording process of No More Tears. According to him, Lemmy never sat with them in the studio.
“Na, the music was always done before,” he said.
“Ozzy just called Lemmy up after coming up with a vocal line of what he was going to do and we sent Lemmy the track. That way he could put the right words to what Ozzy was singing.
“Lemmy never sat with us when we were in the room working on the songs.
“He would hear the line and fit the syllables to Ozzy’s melody. He wasn’t in the room working on chord changes or the songs, he was just there to write lyrics.”
In the same interview, Wylde had also remembered a song that was co-written by Lemmy, Desire. When the interviewer said the song has some interesting pushes and pulls, Wylde had touched on Ozzy Osbourne‘s remarkable words about the riffs.
“It was always fun playing that one live,” he recalls.
“Yeah, I’m trying to remember how it came together – it started off with me and Randy [Castillo] drumming along. Then I started using open A and E position power chords, which kinda reminded me of a Van Halen or Judas Priest kinda thing – putting those chords over a second fret F# position riff.
“When it came to the solo, it was all from Ozzy saying, ‘Construct a solo that takes you another place… a great solo should always do that!’
“And, again, that goes back to the Randy Rhoads school of soloing.”