GUS G. On Playing With OZZY OSBOURNE: 'I Just Wanted To Make It Sound As Close To The Originals As Possible'

August 6, 2019

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., who joined Ozzy Osbourne's band a decade ago, was asked in a recent interview with Session what the biggest challenge was playing with the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer. He responded (see video below): "I just wanted to do it right. That was the main thing — I just wanted to play the stuff right; make it sound as close to the originals as possible. Because I think at the end of the day, that's what the fans came out to hear — they come out to hear those classics. Of course, they come out to see Ozzy and then hear his classic songs played perfectly. That's what the whole band was aiming for. Especially being a guitar player in that band, there's a little bit of a pressure there. But it was cool. I'm up for a challenge. It was a really good time with him."

Last year, Gus told that "it was a little bit of a relief" to find out that Ozzy was getting back together with his longtime axeman Zakk Wylde. "I was just kind of tired of waiting around for all these years, not hearing anything about potential tours or recording activities," Gus said. "Of course, [Ozzy] was very busy with BLACK SABBATH — I understand that — but then in between of all that, there would be all these one-off [solo Ozzy] shows popping up and I had to make myself available for that. But there was never any… I felt like there was no… I didn't see stuff coming up for the future, you know? So, as much as I loved being in that band and working with him, in a way, it was a little bit of a dead end for me, speaking personally. Of course, now he's gonna go on a big tour again and do his farewell thing, and that's great for him, but it was not a creative thing for me."

It was announced in April 2017 that Wylde would be rejoining Ozzy's backing group for all his upcoming solo show dates. Osbourne's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Gus, who played on Ozzy's latest studio album, 2010's "Scream", told that part of his frustration stemmed from the fact that he wasn't told far in advance when his services would be needed by Ozzy, making it difficult for the guitarist to make long-term plans with any of his other projects.

"There was never any definite announcement, like, 'Hey, guys, we're gonna see you next year' or something; it was always, like, 'We'll see what happens,'" he said. "So that's a bit of an uncertainty right there, and, of course, I had my own band [and] I had stuff to do, but I could never really book stuff too far ahead into the future just in case something [with Ozzy] came up. So it was really hard to get some info at some points… Anyways, you know, that's how it is; that was the situation. So, yeah, in a way, like I said, it was a relief, because now I can totally control what I'm gonna be doing, and that's a much nicer feeling."

Wylde originally joined Osbourne's band more three decades ago and backed the legendary frontman from 1987 to 1995, then again in 1998, from 2001 to 2004 and also from 2006 to 2009.

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