Ozzy Osbourne Guests On Billy Morrison's New Album

Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison has announced the release of his new solo album, God Shaped Hole, which will feature guest appearances from Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro and his Billy Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius.

Morrison has set an October 23rd release date for the new album, which will be entitled "God Shaped Hole", and is set to be released via his King Mob Music record label.

The album will feature five original songs and five cover tunes and was coproduced by Morrison and Eldenius and mixed by Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction) and John Spiker.

Ozzy sings lead vocals on the song "Gods" which he co-wrote with Morrison. Billy offered this explanation on the evolution of the album and how Ozzy became involved, "Initially the plan was simply to record an EP of covers, but as with everything, the plan grew. I had a song I had written with Steve Stevens that I wanted to sing on, so that got thrown into the pot. Erik (Eldenius) threw some ideas at me, and we started to record originals as well.

"My two best guitar mates from the two bands I'm in, Dave Navarro (Royal Machines and previously with Camp Freddy) and Steve Stevens, also both appear on the record, quite simply because they are awesome friends and did it without question, they showed up, did their thing, and supported me.

"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!'"

Morrison adds, "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. 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."

"Goodbye Jimmy Dean" (Boys Wonder)
"Baby Hurricane" (Flesh For Lulu)
"Cinnamon Gin"
"Alone In A Crowd"
"Housewife" (Wasted Youth--The U.K. Band, Not The U.S. Band)
"Hold It Down" (Senseless Things)
"You Are In My Vision" (Gary Numan And Tubeway Army)
"Ordinary Girl"

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