Just when you thought that things were quiet on the Ozzy front, the bat man has released is first new solo music in almost 10 years, the track titled, “Under The Graveyard.” This is the first single from his forthcoming album, ‘Ordinary Man,’ which is due out on Epic Records in early 2020. It can be heard via the link below.
Osbourne issued the following statement: “This album was a gift from my higher power — it is proof to me that you should never give up.” The tune has all the Ozzy trademarks and features Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums.
Elaborating further on the process of making the new record, Osbourne said, “I went to Andrew’s [Watt] house and after we finished that song, he said, ‘Would you be interested in starting an album?’ I said ‘that would be great, but I don’t want to be working in a basement studio for six months! And in just a short time, we had the album done.” He continued about the fact that he had no interest in an entire album, but that Watt had a lot to do with moving forward: “In the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven’t got the strength…’ but Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album.”
Osbourne also spoke about the involvement of McKagan and Smith: ”Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings. Musically-speaking, it was an extremely rewarding process. They were great.”
The last all-new solo music released by Osbourne was 2010’s ‘Scream.’ He has spent the last few years touring with Black Sabbath and playing solo shows as part of his ‘No More Tours 2.’ More recently, he has been recuperating at home after sustaining a bad neck injury resulting. Last month he had to postpone his European tour for the second due to a series of health issues.
According to the Live Nation website, the new European tour dates will now take place “in the first half of 2021.” The American dates remain unchanged for now.