According to The Pulse of Radio, Ozzy Osbourne says his upcoming new album, the 10th solo studio effort of his career, will not be called “Soul Sucka” as first reported. The Prince of Darkness told RollingStone.com, “When we put that on the Internet none of my fan base liked the title. They were like, ‘I can’t imagine me walking around the fucking house with the words ‘Soul Sucka’ on my T-shirt.’ So I was like, ‘Fuck it. I’ve got to come up with something else!'” No matter what it’s called, Ozzy told The Pulse of Radio what to expect. “It’s very heavy. It’s a cross between — it’s kind of like a SABBATH/Ozzy album, you know. It’s kind of, it wasn’t meant to, I didn’t plan on doing it but that’s the way it unfolded. A lot of it’s very, very heavy. I just hope people like it. I love it.”
The new set is due out in July, with a fresh title yet to be announced. Ozzy’s last solo project, “Black Rain”, came out in 2007.
Ozzy also confirmed that Ozzfest will return this summer after taking a one-year break but did not reveal whether it would be a one-shot affair like the 2008 edition or go back to its roots as a traveling event. He also plans to head out on his own headlining arena tour next fall.
The new album and tour will introduce guitarist Gus G. Ozzy parted ways last year with axeman Zakk Wylde, who has played on every Ozzy album and almost every tour since 1988.
Ozzy’s first memoir, “I Am Ozzy”, arrived in bookstores this week.