Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde announced a collaboration for a 2017 summer tour that happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the duo’s first collaboration. The news marked the end of Ozzy’s nearly decade-long collaboration with guitarist Gus G.
Many fans wondered why the change. Ozzy usually would start looking for a new guitarist. The reason is rather straightforward.
“Oz called up; he said at this juncture Gus Gus couldn’t do it,” Wylde told 98.9 The Rock this past Saturday, June 3.
“And he said, ‘Who else could get the dishes as clean and the linens as fluffy as they were back in the day?’ So that’s the reason why. It has nothing to do with the guitar playing. It’s just because Gus couldn’t do it. So they’re, like, ‘Well, we’ll let him play guitar while he’s here anyway doing dishes and linens.'”
Back on April 28, Gus was quick to release a statement wishing Ozzy and Zakk well.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege playing by your side since 2009,” Gus wrote. “Nothing but great times and an experience of a lifetime. As a fan, it’s great to see Ozzy and Zakk back together. It’s been long overdue.”
Ozzy’s touring band will be rounded out by Rob “Blasko” Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.
One question remains unanswered. Will Zakk continue with Ozzy if he records a new record?