Good news, everybody: Ozzy Osbourne isn’t dead. The legendary singer was quick to assure fans of that in early October after a tumultuous few months of health concerns that forced a number of concerts to be postponed or canceled.
He’s very much alive, though his brand new song “Under the Graveyard” is filled with allusions to death and being, well, in the ground in the graveyard. The song was premiered late Thursday night/early Friday night, and is a preview of Ozzy’s upcoming album, Ordinary Man:
The track comes with anticipation, as it’s the first glimpse of Ozzy’s new material with Post Malone producer Andrew Watt. Musician-wise, drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan are involved on the composition, while guitars were handled by the album’s producer, Watt.
Given Osbourne’s recent issues with his health, Ordinary Man is an important record for the 70-year-old, who said of it, “This album was a gift from my higher power–it is proof to me that you should never give up,”
“Under the graveyard we’re all rotting bones,” shouts Ozzy in the track, a slow burn that builds with haunting melodies until it explodes in its final two minutes.
At this point in Ozzy Osbourne’s career, he has nothing left to prove — so it’s pretty cool to see him return from the grave, so to speak, with a track that is both sinister and catchy, with some of that signature swagger the Prince of Darkness is known for.
As for his new album, Sharon Osbourne said it’s coming out in January and as mentioned earlier, involves the production efforts of Andrew Watt, known for his work with megastar rapper Post Malone.
Stay tuned for more from Ozzy’s new record, and catch him on the road at the following 2020 dates:
Wed 5/27 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
Fri 5/29 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
Sun 5/31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Tue 6/2 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Thu 6/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat 6/6 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
Thu 6/11 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sat 6/13 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Tue 6/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 6/18 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
Sat 6/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Mon 6/22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Wed 6/24 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Fri 6/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sun 6/28 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Wed 7/1 Milwaukee, WI Amer. Family Ins. Amp–Summerfest
Fri 7/3 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Tue 7/7 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Thu 7/9 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sat 7/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Wed 7/15 Portland, OR Moda Center
Fri 7/17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Thu 7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat 7/25 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed 7/29 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Fri 7/31 Las Vegas, CA MGM Grand Garden Arena
TBA July Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl