See Ozzy Osbourne Sing Amid Riots in New “Straight to Hell” Video

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For his first act of 2020, the reigning madman of heavy metal Ozzy Osbourne has deployed a fascinating new music video, for the single “Straight to Hell,” ahead of the release of his next solo album Ordinary Man. Whereas he last left us fans with a contemplative look at a man on the edge of self-destruction and considering his own mortality with his “Under the Graveyard” video, Ordinary Man’s second single “Straight to Hell” is a wild romp through sleaze-infested riffs and humorous but catchy lyrics, and it’s clip is fitting action-packed, finding the Prince of Darkness in the heat of violent riots.

The colorful clip begins amid an apocalyptic scene as seemingly fascistic military forces battle black-clad street warriors who come armed with their own weapons and tactics to take on the shield- and gun-wielding crew. Holding a sinister but calm presence among it all is Ozzy, donning a hooded black robe as he delivers the lyrics from under his disguise while holding a gilded walking stick. “I’ll make you lie / I’ll make you steal and kill,” he croons with an evil glare in his eye as though possessed by the devil himself. Ozzy is narrator and instigator, vocally determined to ratchet up the chaotic violence for his own selfishly devious intent.

The scene becomes increasingly chaotic as the track gains steam, climbing from simple statement of corruption to grandiose anthem of destruction gliding high on the wings of choral samples, triumphant guitar licks, and one of the singer’s most powerful vocal performances in years. Watch the video below. Ordinary Man is due later this year, and Ozzy is set to hit the road in May to complete the rescheduled dates of his “No More Tours 2” run — see those dates under the video.

Ozzy Osbourne North American tour dates with Marilyn Manson:
05/27 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
05/29 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
05/31 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
06/02 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
06/04 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
06/06 Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium
06/11 Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
06/13 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/16 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
06/18 Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
06/20 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
06/22 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
06/24 St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
06/26 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
06/28 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
07/01 Milwaukee, WI – Amer. Family Ins. Amp
07/03 St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
07/07 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
07/09 Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/11 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
07/15 Portland, OR – Moda Center
07/17 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
07/23 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/25 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/29 San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
07/31 Las Vegas, CA – MGM Grand Garden Arena