“Gritty, fast-paced and hectic”: Billy Morrison recruits Steve Vai, John 5 and Ozzy Osbourne for his first solo record in 9 years

Billy Morrison performs onstage during the Above Ground 3 concert benefiting Musicares at The Fonda Theatre on December 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Billy Morrison, who has been Billy Idol’s guitarist for a decade and a half, has announced his first studio album since 2015. Entitled The Morrison Project, he’s assembled a stellar cast for the record including Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, John 5, Billy Idol and Corey Taylor.

Drowning is the record’s first single and sees Morrison joined by the backing band consistent across the majority of the album. That includes Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle) on bass and Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol, Cher) on drums. 

The new record was mixed by Barry Pointer (John 5, Juliette Lewis) and mastered by Dave Donnelly  (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey). Across its 12 tracks, Morrison is also joined by Al Jourgensen, Tommy Clufetos, and Linda Perry, as well as his Billy Idol co-guitarist, Steve Stevens.

Vai will feature on a song called Incite the Watch. It's a song he co-wrote with Morrison and Slipknot's Corey Taylor. 

John 5, meanwhile, joins Jourgensen on the Morrison-penned The Ayes Have It. He recently revealed how he chipped a tooth – and consequently upset his mom - trying to recreate Hendrix’s iconic playing-guitar-with-his-teeth trick as a kid. However, it’s unclear whether his appearance on The Morrison Project racked up any additional dentist bills for Mick Mars’ Mötley successor.

The Morrison Project releases April 19 via TLG/Virgin Music Group.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.