Zakk Wylde shreds for a minute straight on new Ozzy Osbourne single, Nothing Feels Right

[L-R] Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne has reunited with Zakk Wylde on Nothing Feels Right, the third single from his forthcoming star-studded 13th solo album, Patient Number 9.

The pair's first studio material since 2007's Black Rain displays their palpable and decades-nurtured musical chemistry. After Wylde kicks off proceedings with a lush, chorus-drenched clean electric guitar line, Ozzy enters the fray with his trademark double-tracked vocals, before the track expands with major-key powerchords in the choruses.

A notable highlight comes when Wylde offers a face-melting, minute-long solo from the 3:28 mark, packed with rapid alternate picking passages, uber-melodic runs and frantic pull-off descends. Check it out below.

While official credits for Patient Number 9 are yet to be released, Wylde was reportedly a member of an all-star backing band used to track the album, which also included Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

Wylde has served as Ozzy’s six-string sidekick several times in the past, first in an eight-year stint from 1987 to 1995, again in 1998, and in two three-year tenures from 2001 until 2004 and from 2006 until 2009. Ozzy also recruited Wylde for a tour in 2017.

Back in July, Wylde called the new record “slamming”, noting that it was a “huge honor” to be involved.

“Ozzy’s singing [is] great, and I get to put my little fiddly-diddly bits all over it,” he said. “And on top of it, being on an album with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Lord [Tony] Iommi… I mean, if you would have told me when I was 15 years old that I’m going to be on a record with Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, I would have been; ‘Forget it!’”

Nothing Feels Right follows two previously released singles from the album, its title track – which features guitar legend Jeff Beck – and Degradation Rules, a Sabbathian take featuring Ozzy’s former bandmate Tony Iommi.

Last week, in an interview with The Guardian, 73-year-old Ozzy Osbourne revealed tentative plans for a new tour following the release of Patient Number 9, and even hinted at a followup record with Tony Iommi.

“I’m saying to you I’ll give it the best shot I can for another tour,” he said. “You have not seen the end of Ozzy Osbourne, I promise you. If I have to go up there and die on the first song, I’ll still be back the next day.”

Ozzy and Iommi reunited for a triumphant surprise performance in Birmingham during the closing ceremony at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, in which they played Paranoid in its entirety and a trimmed-down version of Iron Man.

Despite requiring a bracket to keep him from falling onstage, Ozzy was as energetic as ever, proclaiming to the crowd at Alexander Stadium: “I love you all Birmingham – [it's] good to be back!”

After the show, Ozzy’s wife Sharon noted that despite usually requiring a cane to walk, the legendary rocker walked to his car unaided.

“[He] just walked, normally. Kelly [Osbourne, their daughter] and I were behind him and we’re going, Jesus Christ…”

Patient Number 9 arrives this Friday, September 9 via Epic Records.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.