Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., whose eight-year tenure in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band ended in early 2017, says that he “would always go back and jam” with the BLACK SABBATH singer.
It was announced last April that Zakk 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”, said in a new interview with Metal Wani that he had an inkling Ozzy and Zakk would eventually reunite. “I definitely thought at some point it was gonna happen,” he said (hear audio below). “It’s not like I took the gig for granted from day one. There’s so much history between them two there, and at some point, I just knew that something was gonna happen.”
He continued: “Obviously, in 2012, we had the ‘Ozzy & Friends’ shows, and then Zakk was out with us and he was playing again with Ozzy. So we all got along great, you know. And Zakk has been very supportive of me. So for me, this is Ozzy‘s band, and he can play with whoever he wants. And, of course, I think given the fact this is the farewell tour for him, it’s cool that he’s bringing one of his iconic guitar players back.”
Asked if he would ever consider playing with Ozzy again, either in a jam-type situation or on a more permanent basis, Gus said: “I don’t know, man. I would always go back and jam with him. The door is always open. And like I said, we jammed all together on the same stage before — we’ve done it many times on the ‘Ozzy & Friends’ tour. So if there was ever a suggestion like that, yeah, man. Although, I think, in Ozzy‘s band, there’s always been one guitar player. So who knows?
“The thing is, when I heard the news that this was happening” — referring to Ozzy‘s reunion with Zakk — “we left the door open. Sharon [Ozzy‘s wife and manager] told me, ‘You never know what’s gonna happen in the future.’ So, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I never close any doors. It’s such a small business, there’s no time to make enemies here.”
Gus‘s new solo album, “Fearless”, will arrive on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” marks his first release since exiting Osbourne‘s group.
Wylde originally joined Osbourne‘s band 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.