After a very trying 2019 — which he's called "one of the most fucked-up years of my life" — Ozzy Osbourne is on the mend and back with new solo music. Following up his guest turn on Post Malone's hit song "Take What You Want," the Prince of Fucking Darkness has now dropped his own single, "Under the Graveyard," and it's classic Ozzy through and through. "Under the graveyard, we're all rotting bones," he sings, seemingly drawing on his recent brushes with mortality. "Everything you are, can't take it when you go, I ain't living this lie no more."
"Under the Graveyard" is set to appear on the heavy-metal godfather's forthcoming 12th solo album, Ordinary Man, his first since 2010's Scream, which he made across just four weeks with Post's producer Andrew Watt. Due in early 2020, the record features Watt on guitars, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith on drums.
"It all started when [Ozzy's daughter] Kelly comes in and says, 'Do you want to work on a Post Malone song?'" Osbourne explained of the new album. "My first thing was 'Who the fuck is Post Malone?!' I went to Andrew's 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 [Ozzy's wife and manager] 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."
Following the release of Ordinary Man, Ozzy is set to resume his farewell world tour, which was stalled by his health issues. Longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde may not appear on the album — he also didn't play on Scream — but rest assured, the hirsute shredder will accompany the singer on his 2020 North American tour. See dates below.
Ozzy Osbourne tour dates:
05/27 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
05/29 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
05/31 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
06/02 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/06 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
06/13 – Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
06/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
06/18 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre
06/20 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
06/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Arena
06/24 – St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
06/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
06/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheatre (Summerfest)
07/03 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
07/07 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
07/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
07/15 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
07/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
07/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/29 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/31 – Las Vegas, CA @ MGM Grand Garden Arena