The latest video from Ozzy Osbourne “Ordinary Man” is set in Birmingham, England, the singer’s hometown. The clip shows Osbourne watching a home movie of his life in a movie theatre.
According to UCR, on the video, we see a number of images that chronologically depict a time from his childhood to the early days of Black Sabbath, on to his solo career to home life with wife Sharon and his children to the family’s stint on the reality TV show The Osbournes and on to his recent live performances.
There are darker moments in the video touching on memories from his past like the flashing mugshot from his 1984 arrest for public intoxication.
“Ordinary Man,” the title track from Ozzy’s recently released solo album also features Elton John and Slash and a track called “It’s a Raid,” a collaboration with rapper Post Malone. Red Hot Chill Peppers drummer Chad Smith who co-wrote a large part of the album and also plays, outlines the origins of the power ballad in a recent interview.
“Ozzy loves the Beatles — it’s his favorite band, so he’s, like, ‘We need something mid-tempo, not so heavy.’ So [producer Andrew Watt] had this little piano idea thing, and we made it into this song, and it’s epic. And Slash plays the solo.
Smith continued, “It’s so epic, there’s two Slash solos. … We decided, ‘Well, it has a piano. Who is a really good piano player? … Let’s get the Rocket Man. … 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?”
Osbourne who has encountered a number of health issues recently was forced to cancel his entire 2020 tour in order to seek additional medical treatments.
He also cancelled a planned screening of the documentary Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne at the South by Southwest festival due to concerns over the coronavirus and now the entire event has been called off.