Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John Team Up for New Track (Listen Below)
Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John teamed to record the title track of Osbourne’s forthcoming album, Ordinary Man.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who worked on the album with producer Andrew Watt and Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan, dished on the collaboration with Yahoo.com that Sir Elton was the first and only choice to tinkle the ivories for the song.
‘OK, who’s a really good piano player? Let’s get the Rocket Man!’ And Elton was so great, so gracious. He said, ‘I’ll do anything for Ozzy. I love Ozzy.’ So Andrew and I went down to Atlanta, where Elton John lives when he’s on the East Coast. And we recorded him, and he played the piano on this song, and he plays it beautifully, of course,” he said. “Then we were like, ‘Why don’t we have him sing a verse?’” The track, which Smith describes as “midtempo-y, kind of Beatles,” also features a string section and choir recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
“I was unprepared for fame/when everybody knew my name,” begins Ozzy in the lyrics.
“When the lights go down it’s just an empty stage.”
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash also contributed to the album.
Listen to the track below: