Ozzy Osbourne's new solo album, Ordinary Man, is a star-studded affair — the core band on it features Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, while GN'R's Slash, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, and pop hit-maker Post Malone make guest appearances. The biggest-name and most seemingly unlikely contribution, however, might come one Elton John, who duets with the Prince of Darkness on the LP's piano-laced title ballad. Today, March 10th, Ozzy has unveiled the poignant music video for the song, which sees him looking back at his momentous life and career, both filled with tragedy and triumph. "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," Ozzy said of the single at the time of its release. Watch above.
"It all just came together," the heavy-metal icon explained of Ordinary Man's guest stars. "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 was a lot of fun to do though it's a lot different from my other albums," the singer added the album. "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."
Ordinary Man has been a smash success for Ozzy, debuting on the charts in the Top 10 in seven countries, making it the highest charting album of the singer's career. But it hasn't been all good news for the musician: In January, he opened up about his diagnosis of Parkin 2, a milder form of Parkinson's disease, which was discovered in the months after a fall he suffered in early 2019, and in February he canceled his 2020 North American "No More Tours 2" dates with Marilyn Manson to "recover from various health issues," including getting treatment in Switzerland.