Turns out Steve Vai doesn't actually have an unreleased Ozzy Osbourne album ready to go

Steve Vai and Ozzy Osbourne studio portraits
(Image credit: Steve Vai: Larry DiMarzio | Ozzy Osbourne: Ross Halfin)

Steve Vai has clarified comments he made last week regarding an unreleased album of Ozzy Osbourne material. 

In an interview with Eonmusic to promote new album Vai / Gash, the guitar legend appeared to suggest that his 1995 sessions with the Prince Of Darkness had resulted in an album's worth of material that was unlikely to ever see the light of day. But now Vai has taken to Facebook to clarify the situation.

"In a recent interview I spoke a bit carelessly about 'Sitting on an entire Ozzy album' and then the clickbait headlines went viral," he says. 

"To clarify, Ozzy and I got together back around 96 and spent some time trying to come up with some potential songs for an album that he already had half recorded. That record later came out as Ozzmosis. We demoed a handful of tracks and then there was a bunch of tracks I built for him to check out. He ended up picking one song to use on his album and that’s My Little Man. It was re-recorded with his band, and it came out great. 

"Only one other demoed track from those sessions had an Ozzy scratch vocal on it and I handed in all the Master demo tapes to the label and kept safety tapes of the tracks I personally built. All in all, there was (is) enough music for a whole record, but those songs would require re-recording. The demos are bumpy road maps but not the goal.

"I, like many Ozzy fans, would love if there was a secret hidden Ozzy album somewhere, only to be revealed to our surprised ears at a future time, but it wouldn’t come from those sessions. So sorry for the confusion."

Steve Vai tours Europe from next month. Full dates below. 

Steve Vai European Tour 2023

Mar 24: Lisbon CCB, Portugal
Mar 26: Porto Casa da Musica, Portugal
Mar 27: Malaga Teatro Cervantes, Spain
Mar 29: Huelva Gran Teatro de Huelva, Spain
Mar 31: Madrid La Riviera, Spain
Apr 01: Bilbao Santana 27 Sala Gold, Spain
Apr 02: Barcelona Sala Parallel 62, Spain
Apr 04: Vigo Auditorio Mar de Vigo, Spain
Apr 05: Gijón Audiotorio de La Universidad Laboral, Spain
Apr 07: Milan Teatro Dal Verme, Italy
Apr 08: Jesolo (Venezia) PalaInvent, Italy
Apr 11: Munich Technikum, Germany
Apr 01: Budapest Akvarium Klub, Hungary
Apr 13: Zagreb Culture Factory, Croatia
Apr 14: Bratislava Refinery Gallery, Slovakia
Apr 18: Ankara Congresium Ankara, Turkey
Apr 19: Istanbul VW Arena, Turkey
Apr 21: Thessaloniki Principal Club, Greece
Apr 22: Athens Fuzz Live Music Club, Greece
Apr 24: Bucharest Sala Mare (The Great Hall), Romania
Apr 25: Sofia NDK Hall 3, Bulgaria
Apr 26: Skopje SRC Kale, N. Madedonia
Apr 27: Belgrade MTS dvorana, Serbia
Apr 28: Brno Semilasso, Czech Republic
Apr 29: Prague Lucerna Music Bar, Czech Republic
May 01: Wroclaw Majowka Festival, Hala Stulecia, Poland
May 02: Krakow ICE, Poland
May 03: Lublin CSK, Poland
May 05: Riga Palladium, Latvia
May 06: Tallinn Noblessner Foundry, Estonia
May 07: Helsinki House of Culture, Finland

More details at Vai.com

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.