Ozzy Osbourne took part in an interview and a live performance of his new single, "I Don't Wanna Stop" on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Monday night (May 21). Watch it at YouTube: Interview, Performance.
Ozzy Osbourne's first studio album of all-new material in six years, "Black Rain", comes out on today (Tuesday, May 22). While the title track and songs like "Countdown's Begun" have a sharply anti-war slant to them, Osbourne told Launch that he's tackled the subject since his earliest days with BLACK SABBATH. "People have said to me about some of the stuff on my new album, 'Why all of a sudden have you become anti-war?' and all that," he said. "But if you look at my history, from 1970 when we started making records, there were songs. 'War Pigs' was an anti-war thing, 'Into The Void'... It's not, I haven't gone suddenly, 'Bing!' You know, it's not for me, the likes of me, I mean, it's for my kids."
"Black Rain"'s title refers to rain that fell on Hiroshima immediately after the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city in 1945.
Osbourne told Launch recently that "Black Rain" was the first album he wrote and recorded while completely clean and sober.
The singer will headline this summer's "free" Ozzfest, beginning on July 12 in Seattle.
Fans who purchase specially marked copies of "Black Rain" will have a first shot at scoring Ozzfest tickets via a code included with the album.
Osbourne will be the first person inducted into the new Birmingham Walk of Stars, which will honor the British city's most famous sons and daughters. Osbourne's induction ceremony will be held on July 6.