The new album, Ozzy's 13th solo effort overall, features a gauntlet of special guest guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Mike McCready and Ozzy's fellow Black Sabbath cofounder Tony Iommi.
Smith let slip in the spring that Page was Ozzy's white whale for Patient Number 9. In a new conversation with Metal Hammer, Ozzy confirms that he really wanted to work with the Led Zeppelin mastermind.
"I don't even know if he plays any more, but I thought getting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page meant having the greatest guitarists on the planet," Ozzy said. "But I never heard from him. Maybe he'd lost his phone or something."
Smith also questioned whether Page "plays anymore." He added, however, that Ozzy's album doesn't suffer for lack of the complete "holy trinity" of British rock guitarists.
"It's got all the stuff that you would want," Smith said of the LP.
While Page has teased a comeback for some time, it's been years since he performed live or released any new recordings. In late-2020, he said pandemic isolation had prompted him to start playing guitar again everyday. He added that he was dreaming a of a "mythical" live show once the world reopened.