Ozzy Heads Online To Launch 'Earth'
Ozzy Osbourne has lined up a special online promotion in advance of the Oct. 16 release of his new Epic studio album, "Down to Earth." Since late last week, one track from each of his prior 12 studioOzzy Osbourne has lined up a special online promotion in advance of the Oct. 16 release of his new Epic studio album, "Down to Earth." Since late last week, one track from each of his prior 12 studio albums has been available for streaming download from Osbourne's official Web site each weekday until street date. On Oct. 15, the new set will stream online in its entirety.
The video for first single "Get Me Through," directed by Jonas Ackerland (Madonna, U2), debuted on MTV yesterday (Sept. 30). Osbourne kicks off his Merry Mayhem tour of North America Oct. 31 in Tucson, Ariz.; Rob Zombie and Mudvayne will support along with a fourth act to be announced.
"Down to Earth," produced by Tim Palmer (Tears for Fears, the Cure), features Osbourne backed by longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies), and ex-Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin. The album is the artist's first solo set since 1997's "The Ozzman Cometh," which debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Osbourne spent the summer touring with Black Sabbath on the annual Ozzfest trek. Earlier this year, the group announced plans to record an album of all new material -- its first since 1978's "Never Say Die" -- with producer Rick Rubin. However, a spokesperson says those sessions are now on hold due to Osbourne's promotion activities for "Down to Earth." Sabbath did unveil one new song during its Ozzfest performances.
Osbourne is slated to turn up on the track "Iron Head," from Zombie's forthcoming Geffen/Interscope solo album, "The Sinister Urge," due Oct. 30.
Here are Ozzy Osbourne's tour dates:
Oct. 31: Tucson, Ariz. (Convention Center)
Nov. 1: Albuquerque, N.M. (Tingley Coliseum)
Nov. 3: El Paso, Texas (Haskins Event Center)
Nov. 5: Memphis (Pyramid)
Nov. 7: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
Nov. 9: Houston, Texas (Compaq Center)
Nov. 10: Bossier City, La. (Century Tel Center)
Nov. 12: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boiling Arena)
Nov. 14: Cincinnati (Firstar Center)
Nov. 15: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Nov. 17: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
Nov. 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Convention Center)
Nov. 21: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 23: Greensboro, N.C. (Coliseum)
Nov. 24: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Nov. 29: Grand Forks, S.D. (Alerus Center)
Dec. 1: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Dec. 2: Des Moines, Iowa (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
Dec. 4: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Dec. 6: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Dec. 8: Detroit (Cobo Arena)
Dec. 10: Louisville (Freedom Hall)
Dec. 11: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Dec. 13: Hartford, Conn. (Civic Center Coliseum)
Dec. 15: Worcester, Mass. (Centrum)
Dec. 16: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
Dec. 18: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Dec. 20: Baltimore (venue TBA)
Dec. 21: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Dec. 23: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Dec. 28: Los Angeles (Sports Arena)
Dec. 29: San Diego (Sports Arena)
Dec. 31: Phoenix (Desert Sky Amphitheatre)