Ozzy Osbourne is putting a year marred with health issues behind him and forging forward with a new music collaboration for 2020.
Osbourne has partnered with Elton John for a duet called “Ordinary Man” which also features the “Rocket Man” singer on piano.
Calling “Ordinary Man” “f***ing awesome,” Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (who also plays drums on Osbourne’s new album) spoke about the track with SiriusXM Volume, revealing John’s involvement came after the song was written.
“We decided, ‘Well, [the song] has a piano. Who is a really good piano player? I don’t know…. Let’s get the Rocket Man,'” he says, explaining he and record producer Andrew Watt had an epiphany while recording John on piano. “And so Andrew and I went down to Atlanta, where Elton John lives when he’s on the East Coast. I think he kind of lives all over the place. And we recorded him. And he played the piano on the song, and he plays it beautifully, of course. And then we’re, like, ‘Why don’t we have him sing a verse?'”
He continues: “These two iconic legendary English f***ing rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives. ‘I don’t wanna die an ordinary man.’ And it’s f***ing great,” he said. “Me and Andrew are pinching ourselves. And Elton was so great, so gracious. ‘I’ll do anything for Ozzy. I love Ozzy.”
Smith explains that “Ordinary Man” features the “Avengers of rock and roll” with Guns n’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Osbourne, John and himself coming together for the track.
“You’ve got the f***ing Avengers of rock and roll. It’s so f***ing good. And at the end of this song, every time I hear it, there’s this string thing at the end. We went to Abbey Road, and it’s strings and a choir. It’s f***ing epic, and every time I hear it, I’m, like, ‘And the Grammy goes to…'”
Earlier this week, Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne gave a health update on the Black Sabbath frontman on Monday’s episode of “The Talk”, revealing he was working on a track with John.
Speaking about his plans for 2020 after illness forced cancellations of several Black Sabbath appearances, Osbourne says “a lot of good things” are on the way for Ozzy this year. “Wellness. And to get back with his band, to get doing what he loves, which is touring and being out there with his fans.”
Osbourne confirms “there’s new music, and it’s great,” as she talks his plans for his new album Ordinary World, due out in February. “He’s got all his friends playing on it. He’s doing a song with Elton. There’s so much good stuff.”
The Black Sabbath frontman previously collaborated with Post Malone on his album Hollywood’s Bleeding and appeared on “Take What You Want” with Travis Scott, inspiring Osbourne to work on his first solo album in 10 years.