Ozzy Osbourne Explains Black Sabbath's God Is Dead?

Black Sabbath have released 'God Is Dead?,' the first single from their forthcoming reunion album, "13," and frontman Ozzy Osbourne explained the inspiration behind the song in a recent interview.

Ozzy called in to Zane Lowe's BBC show and had this to say about the song, "How I got that title was I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead,' and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion," explained Osbourne.

"When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."

Ozzy also addressed the controversial song title by pointing out, "At the end of the thing, there's still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don't believe that God is dead. It's just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center."

He also explained how well the recording process worked for the reunited group, "It flowed out of us. We actually wrote and recorded 16 songs and we had eight songs left over as a bonus thing, you know. It was like doing a double album. The songs really stand up, you know."

BBC are streaming the entire show online, which includes the Ozzy interview (which you will find 44 minutes into the broadcast) here.

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