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July 11, 2006

Ozzy Osbourne is getting ready to enter another chapter in his diary of a madman — with longtime sidekick Zakk Wylde alongside. “There’s a bunch of kick-ass stuff on there,” Wylde tells of the material earmarked for Osbourne’s 15th solo album. “It is just ass-kicking, heavy stuff, and we’ve got the ballads, some piano stuff and some acoustic stuff.”

Wylde’s Black Label Society is headlining the tour’s second stage, and the guitarist is also playing with Osbourne on the select dates the former Black Sabbath frontman is doing on the tour.

He says “It would’ve been great if we got [Osbourne’s album] done before the Ozzfest, but it’s like trying to cram three pounds of crap into a two-pound leaking bag, if you know what I mean. There’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done.”

“But right now it’s coming out slamming. I think once the Ozzfest is done, Ozz can start writing at home in the studio and start knocking vocals out.” The as-yet-untitled album is Osbourne’s first featuring all original material since 2001’s “Down to Earth.”

Wylde, meanwhile, will release Black Label Society’s sixth album, “Shot to Hell,” on Sept. 19. Wylde, who co-produced the set with Michael Beinhorn, cracks that the title refers to “what happens to our kidneys, livers and pancreas, being out on the road with Black Label.”

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