I thought it was too quiet this afternoon, so I stuck Ozzy's new single on and, much to my surprise, I've just put the bloody thing on again. It's a fist-pumping return to his better days, I have to say, well away from commercial rawk and a bit nearer to the crunch experienced on "Black Rain" and "Bark at the Moon" (though mercifully not the title-track) [have a listen on his myspace: www.myspace.com/ozzyosbourne - Ed]. "Let Me Hear You Scream" is the first taster from the new Ozzy Osbourne album "Scream" due out on 15th June, and has already had an airing on CSI:NY apparently. Ever-controversial (remember The Osbournes? Remember Ozzy's gritty vernacular throughout the series?), Osbourne is one of rock's enduring characters with a career stretching back to the heady dark-days of Black Sabbath (you can read all about it in his autobiography "I Am Ozzy").
Ozzy is back on the road to support the album and, as well as appearing in the US for this year's Ozzfest, he plays two dates (so far) in the UK in the summer. Leas Cliff Hall (Folkestone) and the O2 Academy (Oxford) are the first port of call as well as the Camden Roundhouse on 3rd July (as part of the free iTunes Festival London 2010). Tickets for Folkestone and Oxford will cost £35 and go on sale this Friday at 10AM. Expect further dates to be confirmed shortly.