Ozzy Osbourne Guests on New Billy Morrison Song ‘Gods’
Current Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison recently put together his sophomore solo album, God Shaped Hole, featuring five original songs and five covers. One of the five originals is the closing track "Gods," which spotlights none other than Ozzy Osbourne singing lead vocals.
"Gods" (featured below) boasts a strong piano melody guiding the song through some emotional weight. The lyrics are reflective and come from a state of gratefulness and appreciation that ultimately winds up with Osbourne opining that the only gods are the gods of rock 'n' roll. His soulful croon beautifully rests over the music, which gradually sees more and more guitar work present itself in the background. This leads up to a power ballad-like moment and it's hard to imagine this song without Ozzy's signature voice.
After discussing a bit of the writing process, Morrison mentions that Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Camp Freddy) and Billy Idol bandmate Steve Stevens joined him "and then I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to... I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was, 'Well, I wanna sing a song on your record!'"
Reflecting on the originals, Morrison said, "The five original songs were written with the spirit of independence that was so important at one time in music and the complete autonomy and freedom that comes with a project like this."
Adding his thoughts to the other batch of songs on God Shaped Hole, the musician stated, "The covers are not huge hits, and most are by bands that never received the recognition they deserved. This record comes from a place inside me — thanking and paying respect to bands and songs that truly made me want to play, to perform and to do it my way."
God Shaped Hole was released Oct. 23 on Morrison's own label, King Mob Music.
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