MTTV Episode Twenty: Phil Soussan talks Last In Line, Ozzy and upcoming autobiography
27 November 2020
The ever gracious Phil Soussan spoke with MetalTalk’s Steve Ritchie on Episode Twenty of MTTV this week and, as Phil is putting the finishing touches to his book which is due for release in 2021, we took the opportunity to go though some of the highlights of his career so far.
Multi-instrumentalist Phil has recently released the song ‘Please Don’t Make Me Wait’, which features his friend Richie Kotzen adding another of his blistering solos. The excellent track is inspired by the current pandemic and how it is affecting musicians, fans and venues all over the world.
The video features photos sent in by fans from all over the world, highlighting the plight of closed venues.
As current bassist with Last In Line, who we last saw in the UK in December last year, we find out how the bands new album is progressing and explore thoughts around the possibilities for live performances next year.
Soussan may be best known for his time as Ozzy’s bassist on the Ultimate Sin album and tour, where he brought the hit single ‘Shot In The Dark’ to the band.
Here he discusses the great friendship he formed with Randy Castillo and how he and Randy were tasked with finding Ozzy’s replacement guitarist, eventually choosing the Mark Weiss recommended Zakk Wylde from a list of 400 candidates.
Interestingly, there are a number of ‘Ultimate Sin’ track play though videos on the Phil Soussan YouTube Channel and also an alternate version of ‘Shot In The Dark’ which is a recommended listen. This version appeared on an album supporting The David Lynch Foundation, a charitable foundation which funds teaching of Transcendental Meditation.
But what makes Phil Soussan’s autobiography really exciting, are the other experiences which people may not be so familiar with.
We touch on the early 80’s London scene, working with Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin Manager) and working with Jimmy Page for several months as Page sought to get his playing mojo back in a line up which would eventually morph into The Firm.
If you remember that Soussan worked with Billy Idol, Vince Neil on his post Mötley Crüe ‘Exposed’ album, spent five years with Johnny Hallyday, wrote for Steve Lukather and Toto as well as releasing two solo albums, then you get the sense that this will be an engrossing aubiography.