Ozzy Osbourne has announced the release date for his much talked about first solo album in a decade.
Ordinary Man will be available February 21st and includes collaborations with Slash, Elton John, Tom Morello and Post Malone. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and features producer Andrew Wyatt on guitars, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses on bass and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums.
“It was a lot of fun to do though it’s a lot different from my other albums,” Ozzy said. “We recorded it quickly, which I haven’t done since the first Black Sabbath album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed.”
On “Ordinary Man,” Ozzy confronts his mortality as he storms back from a series of health issues, singing: “Don’t forget me as the colors fade. When the lights go down it’s just an empty stage. OK, yes I’ve been a bad guy; been higher than the blue sky, and the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man.”
Elton John plays piano on the track and provides vocals on the second verse, while a guitar solo from Slash propels the song towards a soaring climax.
“It all just came together,” Ozzy explained. “Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing “Ordinary Man,” it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and plays piano on the song.”