Munich (AP) - It was not long ago that the false rumor shook the rock world that Ozzy Osbourne didn't have long to live. The prince of darkness, he was dying. But as is the case with those who are said to be dead: as you know, they live longer.
Now Ozzy is launching a new album. Finally good news from the 71-year-old British cult rocker, who recently made his Parkinson's disease public and has postponed the planned big (second) farewell tour several times.
On Tuesday, just a few days before the album was released, he again announced that his concerts in North America would be canceled. He had to go to medical treatment again. The planned dates in Europe in autumn should take place according to the current status.
If everything goes well, he will also have songs from the “Ordinary Man” record in his live luggage. A normal man? A term that should be about as far from Ozzy as the head of that legendary bat from her body - when the singer finished it.
It is the first solo album by the Black Sabbath front man since "Scream" a decade ago, and it is released seven years after the last band album "13". This time Ozzy worked with top-class players: Duff McKagan from Guns N'Roses helped out on the bass, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the drums. And then there are McKagan's bandmates Slash, Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine, and none other than Sir Elton John, and some pretty well-known guest musicians.
The album was created "out of nowhere", Osbourne told the "Metal Hammer". «I was lying on the couch pretty depressed and thought that I would never be able to walk again because of this damn neck operation. I was a real heap of misery, completely desperate. One day my daughter asked me if I didn't want to record a song with Post Malone, ”he told the magazine.
«My first reaction was, of course, who the hell is Post Malone? But then I did it anyway. And Andrew Watt, the producer of this track, came up with the idea of doing an entire album with me. At first I thought he was kidding. But then this record was created out of nowhere! »
For that she has become a pretty big hit. A typical Ozzy album with a lot of strength, speed and humor. From a fan point of view one can only hope that the last and the title of the third song “Goodbye” may not be programmatic. There are eleven songs to be heard - and there is also a bit of nostalgia.
With the very first song, Ozzy is targeting his own image and sending his fans straight to hell: «Straight To Hell». In "All My Life" it becomes retrospective-nostalgic - as does the title song, the ballad "Ordinary Man", which he recorded together with his friend Elton John. "I was unprepared for fame," Ozzy sings in it. "And then everyone knew my name." He traveled many miles, saw tears and smiles. It is surprising how well the rocker with the special, bulky, snarling sound and the soft Elton John fit together.
Overall, death and farewell are the dominant themes on the new record, as in “Under The Graveyard” or “Today Is The End” - but that doesn't mean anything with “Godfather of Metal”. An entertaining change is the fear of the little green men ("Scary Little Green Men"). Of all things, the two songs “Take What You Want” and “It's A Raid” with US rapper and R&B musician Post Malone, from which the album idea originated, are now the weakest tracks. On "It's A Raid" Ozzys' voice always gets a bit squeaky due to the high tempo almost to the Mickey Mouse sound.
When he publicized his Parkinson's disease on Good Morning America on late January, his wife Sharon was by his side. The two have been married since 1982. "It's in no way a death sentence," she said. «But it affects the nerves. You have a good day, another good day and then a really bad day. » She promised: «He will go out there again. And he will do what he loves. I know that."
The first concert of his farewell tour number two is now scheduled for October 23 in Newcastle, UK. In Germany, concerts are planned in Dortmund, Munich, Mannheim, Berlin and Hamburg. The "Prince of Darkness" promised in an interview with "Metal Hammer": "I do physiotherapy and Pilates and do everything I can to be fully fit again soon."
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