Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne returns with Ordinary Man, his first new solo music in almost 10 years. Preceded by the No. 1 rock track "Under The Graveyard," and "Straight To Hell" with Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) on bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. Beyond the core band, Ordinary Man features a who's-who of guest collaborators including Elton John, Post Malone, and Tom Morello.
"This album was a gift from my higher power – it is proof to me that you should never give up," Ozzy says. "There's a line in ‘Ordinary Man' where I sing, ‘I don't want to die an ordinary man,' which I don't think I will. It was a lot of fun to do though it's a lot different from my other albums. 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. 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 play piano on the song."
"It all started when [his daughter] Kelly comes in and says ‘do you want to work on a Post Malone song?'" Ozzy adds. "My first thing was ‘who the fuck is Post Malone?!' I went to Andrew's [Watt] house and he said we will work really quick. After we finished that song, he said ‘would you be interested in starting an album.' I said ‘that would be fucking great, but now I am thinking 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. 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. I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven't got the fucking 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."