Metal god Ozzy Osbourne is going straight from Ozzfest to TV sets with a clip for his new single, "Gets Me Through."
Ozzy shot a video for the track the first salvo from his new album, Down to Earth in Los Angeles on Saturday. Jonas Akerlund (Metallica, U2) directed the clip, according to Osbourne's publicist.
The video's concept remains under wraps, with a post on the Black Sabbath frontman's official site, www.ozzy.com, promising only that "there's an Ozzy on every corner" in the clip.
"Gets Me Through" is slated to be shipped to radio September 4, though at least one station, New York's WXRK (K-Rock), has been broadcasting the track. Opening with a delicate piano progression essential to any righteous power ballad the sentimental song's daintiness is abruptly shoved aside in favor of distorted buzzsaw riffs and Ozzy's distinctive vocals, which give a shoutout to a Black Sabbath trademark in the opening line: "I'm not the kind of person you think I am/ I'm not the antichrist or the Iron Man."
After Down to Earth, Ozzy's first solo studio album since 1995's Ozzmosis, drops October 16, the aged metal ancestor will embark on a tour of North America. Scheduled for November and December, the Black Christmas Tour will also feature Rob Zombie, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson, and two or three other bands that will be announced shortly. Dates and venues have not been set.
Ozzy appears on Zombie's The Sinister Urge, due October 30, on a track called "Iron Head" (see "Rob Zombie Shrinks To 18", Sings About Crippletown, Kroovy").