Steve Vai says he once recorded an entire album with Ozzy Osbourne – and used an Octave Divider on all his rhythm guitar parts

Steve Vai (left) and Ozzy Osbourne
(Image credit: Lisa Lake / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For his most recent album, Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne assembled one of the fiercest collections of electric guitar heroes of the modern age, calling upon the likes of Mike McCready, Zakk Wylde, Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton and the late Jeff Beck to fulfill six-string duties.

One guitarist who, for whatever reason, didn’t make the cut was Osbourne’s previous collaborator, Steve Vai, with whom the Black Sabbath frontman co-wrote the Ozzmosis track My Little Man back in the '90s.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.