Written By Christy Lee

Ozzy Osbourne’s new video for the song “Ordinary Man” was released today and it does not disappoint!

It features legendary pianist Sir Elton John, Guns N’ Roses duo Slash and Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Ozzy says of the new track, “It all just came together. 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 takes us on a reflective journey through a collage of photo’s and film footage of Ozzy, band mates, friends and family through the years. Theres video of Randy Rhodes, Zakk Wylde and members of Black Sabbath.

We see clips and photo’s of Ozzy and company while on tour and all the crazy antics.

The video shows Osbourne in his hometown, Birmingham, England, watching a home movie of his life. We see clips from his childhood, the early days of Black Sabbath, his solo career, and his life with his family.

The video also includes the less-than-stellar moments, such as his 1984 mugshot when he was arrested for public intoxication. Its a poignant and candid journey revealing moments of his private life and we are invited in to catch a rare glimpse.

The song and video are the stuff if legends and the staff at Vinyl Lair are blown away by this work of art.

Here’s the lyrics for the song below:

I was unprepared for fame
Then everybody knew my name
No more lonely nights it’s all for you
I have traveled many miles
I’ve seen tears and I’ve seen smiles
Just remember that it’s all for you

Don’t forget me as the colors fade
When the lights go down it’s just an empty stage
Ok
Yes I’ve been a bad guy
Been higher than the blue sky
And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man
I made momma cry
Don’t know why I’m still alive
Yes the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man

Many times I lost control
They tried to kill my rock n roll
Just remember I’m still here for you

I don’t wanna say goodbye
When I do you’ll be alright
After all I did it all for you

Don’t forget me as the colors fade
When the lights go down it’s just an empty stage
Ok
Yes I’ve been a bad guy
Been higher than the blue sky
And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man
I made momma cry
Don’t know why I’m still alive
Yes the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man

Yes I’ve been a bad guy
Been higher than the blue sky
And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man
I made momma cry
Don’t know why I’m still alive
Yes the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man

The Official Video For Ordinary Man Does Not Disappoint!

Ozzy Osbourne is known as “the Prince of Darkness” and for his crazy antics on stage and off, but the singer and and entertainment personality is opening up about something more serious.

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” the legendary rocker, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, are shedding light on the private health battle he experienced after a fall and Parkinson’s diagnosis last February.

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”

To complicate the matters further, Osbourne revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people, and has no cure.

“It’s PRKN 2,” said his wife, Sharon. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne speak with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

Osbourne postponed his world tour and remained largely secluded while he recovered at home. Now, he’s on the mend, revealing that he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.

“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

This wasn’t the first time Osbourne has battled rumors about his health. Before his diagnosis, Osbourne, who spent 50 years on the road and lived a very public life while on his family’s popular reality TV show “The Osbournes,” has battled rumors about his physical state, even at one point, denying he had Parkinson’s.MORE: Woman with Parkinson’s disease surprised with service dog

Now, the rock star is coming clean and letting his fans know about what’s been going on.

“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”

In his family, it was his son, Jack, and his daughter Kelly, who first realized that something wasn’t right with their dad.

“The hardest thing is watching somebody that you love suffer,” Kelly told “Good Morning America.”

Kelly opened up about what life has been like for their family in the past year even if it was difficult to face their new reality head on

Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend the Pride of Britain awards, Sept. 28, 2015, in London.

“It’s kind of become a bit of — I think a role reversal for us, where we have to be like, ‘Snap out of it. Come on we — we have to all admit what’s happening here,’ so that we can get over this. And it took a while for everyone to be on the same page.”

In a way, Osbourne’s diagnosis has brought his family together and has helped them find strength in each other.

“We’ve all learned so much about each other again — and it’s reaffirmed how strong we are,” said Kelly, who admitted that her father’s diagnosis has helped her and her brother become closer over the past year.

Osbourne’s son, Jack, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, said he can relate to his father.

“I understand when you have something you don’t want to have — but if he wants to talk, and if not — I try to slip in information,” said Jack.

Although his family has helped him tremendously over the past year and has been there for him to lean on, Osbourne admits that it’s been an adjustment at home.

“Coming from a working class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job,” said Osbourne. “And so when I see my wife goin’ to work, my kids goin’ to work, everybody’s doing — tryin’ to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family, you know.”

“But you know, put it this way — I’m a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state.”

As a family, the Osbournes were able to help get their father back on his feet and in the studio.

“We have all played a role,” said Kelly. “But the only thing I know is what can I do to make him smile? I know going to the studio makes him happy. That’s what I did. Everything else was him.”

With the support of his family, Osbourne is on the road to recovery and is even turning to doctors outside the U.S. for other forms of treatment.

“We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here,” said Sharon. “So in April — we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with — getting your immune system at its peak.”

Ozzy Osbourne breaks his silence on his battle with Parkinson’s disease

The Black Sabbath icon and known as The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne was the recent interview guest of Daily Mail. Ozzy clarified the hard-going process after hospitalizing for his broken neck.

Ozzy admitted that he thought that he is dying, and his lovely wife Sharon was lying while saying that he’s doing good.

Here is his statement:

“I went to the bathroom in the night, lost my balance and landed flat on my face. I saw this big white flash when I hit the floor and I thought, ‘You’ve finally done it now.’

I knew it was bad, I thought I was paralyzed, so very calmly I said, ‘Sharon, I can’t move. I think I’ve done my neck. Phone an ambulance.’”

He continued to express how he thought that he’s dying:

“The pain is constant. The first six months I was in agony. I’d say, ‘Sharon, you’re not telling me the truth. I’m dying, aren’t I?’

I thought I’d got some terminal illness because the improvement was so slow.

I’m getting better, but after the surgery, the nurses asked me on a scale of one to 10 how much pain I was in, and I said, ’55!’ Six months of waking up in the morning and being unable to move is a miserable existence.

I feel 90. When I was drinking and on drugs, nothing really happened to me, but I got sober and did my neck in. [Laughs] I should’ve stayed drunk!”

OZZY OSBOURNE MAKES A HEART-WRENCHING STATEMENT: “I’M DYING, AREN’T I?”

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tears

And then there was Zakk…No More Tears (1991) was the second Ozzy Osbourne album to feature the Viking biker madman man mountain known as Zakk Wylde.

Additionally, Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead wrote the lyrics for 4 of the songs, helping Ozzy to score one of the biggest successes of his career.

The title track was a spectacular epic of a song, beginning with that tricky little bass guitar intro, and featuring some dramatic keyboards and a monster solo from Wylde. Mama I’m Coming Home, Road To Nowhere, and Time After Time were 3 huge power ballads with great choruses and more signature melodic mayhem from the Zakk attack. Hellraiser, Mr. Tinkertrain, I Don’t Want To Change The World, Zombie Stomp, and Desire were all suitably full of hard rock madness from the Prince of Darkness, and Ozzy proved once again that he could literally succeed with any guitar slinger he chose to work with.

No More Tears came out at the same time as the Use Your Illusions albums from Guns ‘n Roses and the Ozz man did just fine in the competition, as if any of us had any doubts.

https://youtu.be/CprfjfN5PRs

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Sin

Following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads, Ozzy eventually recruited a new band featuring lead guitarist Jake E. Lee. Their first record was Bark At The Moon, and it had some classic songs, but the followup, The Ultimate Sin (1986), was the best offering from the mid ’80’s version of Ozzy’s solo band.

The title song, Killer Of Giants, Never Know Why, Lightning Strikes, Thank God For The Bomb, Secret Loser, and the incredible Shot In The Dark were all highlights of the album. Lee’s guitar work blazed all over the place, and Ozzy sounded reinvigorated after one of his stints in rehab.

The Ultimate Sin had a couple of high profile videos that received a ton of MTV air time, and a pretty sweet looking album cover, too.

https://youtu.be/O_ypaOIVmaA

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Ozzy Osbourne: Diary of a Madman

Blizzard Of Ozz was Ozzy Osbourne’s first post-Black Sabbath solo album, but 1981’s Diary Of A Madman was my favorite of the short but monumentally influential Randy Rhoads era.

I feel that Randy’s best recorded work occurred on Diary, from the absolutely face shredding Over The Mountain, to the long and elegant solos in Tonight and You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll, and culminating in the hypnotic, mesmerizing dissonance of the Diary Of A Madman solo, which is a true masterwork of guitar brilliance.

Ozzy was so inspired by Randy’s playing that he contributed some of the best singing of his illustrious career.

Bob Daisley (bass/songwriting) and Lee Kerslake (drums/songwriting) brought tons of creativity and flawless playing of their own, even though their parts were falsely credited to Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge (who comprised the touring band’s rhythm section).

Diary Of A Madman remains as testimony to the incredible talents of a young man who was taken far too soon.

I was fortunate to see Randy twice with Ozzy, and those performances rank among the finest I have ever heard in concert.

https://youtu.be/TGgECvDBDCU

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

On this date in history, 9/23/2018, Ozzy Osbourne brought his No More Tours 2 show to Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN. Reunited with the formidable Viking/Biker/Shredder Zakk Wylde on guitar (and wearing a kilt), Ozzy came out with a vengeance like a man on a mission.

I noticed right away that the instruments were tuned super low to facilitate Ozzy’s diminished vocal range. This had a two-fold effect; making the music crushingly heavy and foreboding (think Black Sabbath) and managed to keep Ozzy more or less on pitch and able to sing quite strongly for the entire set.

The opening song was the explosive Bark At The Moon, and other highlights included Shot In The Dark, No More Tears, Mama I’m Coming Home, I Don’t Know, and a handful of Sabbath classics (Fairies Wear Boots, Paranoid, and a ballistic 15 minute War Pigs, featuring a long guitar solo where Wylde walked out into the crowd and shredded various audience members’ faces off).

The rhythm section consisted of 2 former Rob Zombie band members, Blasko on bass, and Tommy Clufetos on drums. Clufetos was the touring drummer for Black Sabbath on their final couple of tours, so his style was perfection on the songs by the venerable British godfathers of metal.

Osbourne’s energy was pretty outstanding for a man pushing 70 years old (and surviving all the hard living he has endured).

He wasted no time in letting the capacity crowd in on the news that the “No More Tours 2” title was indeed, bullshit!

We roared our approval as Ozzy added that he intends to continue his career in a more stripped down form of performing shows.

What it amounted to was that he won’t be doing any more long world tours. A staple of every Ozzy show I have ever seen (13 and counting) was a superior light show, and this one was no exception.

Corey Taylor’s “other” band, Stone Sour, opened the show with a solid, energetic, and rocking set.

Taylor was suffering from allergies, and appeared to be losing his speaking voice, but his singing was roaring and soaring, prime Corey Taylor.

They were much improved over the previous time I had seen them a year earlier, but I will likely prefer Slipknot over Stone Sour forever.

All in all, Ozzy exceeded all my expectations, and delivered a fantastic concert experience.

https://youtu.be/xnsP4WNHrmo

On This Date in History