Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has been reunited with rock’n’roll legend (and close friend) Lemmy Kilmister in a new animated music video for the song Hellraiser. Produced by Hey Beautiful Jerk and directed by Mark Szumski, the video is a tribute to the pair’s decades-long friendship.
In the video (linked below), Ozzy and Lemmy are playing an old-school arcade (by all accounts a favourite pastime of Lemmy’s) before being forced out onto the streets and through the hordes of hell as they try to retrieve Lemmy’s stolen bass from a winged demon that flees in a giant spaceship, getting assistance from an eye-patch wielding space pirate who looks suspiciously like legendary Motorhead drummer ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. It’s utterly ludicrous, but also completely perfect for the over-the-top legends.
Speaking to Metal Hammer earlier this year as part of a 30th anniversary commemorative feature for No More Tears, long-time Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde recalled fond memories of Ozzy’s relationship with the Motorhead legend.
“Lemmy was buddies with Ozzy forever,” he said. “They toured Europe together when Saint Rhoads [Zakk’s nickname for legendary Ozzy Osbourne band guitarist Randy Rhoads] was in the band and Lemmy would take Randy out to go play Asteroids wherever they went. So it was just a quick phonecall – ‘can you write some songs?’ ‘sure’.”
In that same feature, Ozzy told Hammer‘s Rich Hobson that “[he] had great fun with Lemmy – you couldn’t be serious around him. Even just writing the songs, we could instinctively tell whether it was going to be good or not. We always used to go out to the pub and have a real laugh. It was a true rock n roll lifestyle he lived and I miss him terribly, you know.”
Hellraiser was one of four songs Lemmy contributed as a guest writer for Ozzy’s 1991 album No More Tears, an album that saw him freshly fit and sober after a decade of debauchery. The album revitalised Ozzy’s image and gave him his best chart performance since his 1980 solo debut Blizzard of Ozz, getting certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
Motorhead themselves would later go on to cover Hellraiser on their 1992 record March Or Die, the song being one of the first to feature drummer Mikkey Dee as a member of the band.
The new version of the song combines both of these renditions for an all-star duet, with Ozzy and Lemmy sharing vocal duties. This version was featured on the No More Tears 30th anniversary reissue that was released on September 17th, but will also be released on limited edition Black 10″ vinyl on December 3rd – Ozzy’s 73rd birthday. The vinyl edition of the track features all 3 versions of the song. No More Tears is out now via Epic Records.
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- Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman - Red & Black Swirl Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $39.89, €35.39 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2021 11:14)on November 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm
OZZY OSBOURNE Diary Of A Madman (2021 UK/EU limited edition 8-track LP pressed on Red & Black Swirl Vinyl>, Ozzy's second studio album originally released on 7th November 1981 and the last to feature guitar legend Randy Rhoads. Includesthe classics Over The Mountain and Flying High Again. Picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed)
- Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin + Stickers - Japanese - vinyl LP - £55.00, $73.15, €64.90 (New Item) (arrived 24-Nov-2021 09:21)on November 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm
OZZY OSBOURNE The Ultimate Sin (1986 Japanese 9-track LP, the Prince of Darkness' fourth solo album, the first to feature late drummer Randy Castillo & the only one with Phil Soussan on bass duties, including Shot In The Dark. Comes housed in a deluxe picture sleeve with Japanese biography/lyric insert, bonus limited edition sheet of six stickers & the 'Hard N Heavy' obi-strip. The sleeve displays little wear, the stickers are unused & the vinyl shows little signs of play 28AP3145)
- Ozzy Osbourne - Symptom Of The Universe - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $19.95, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 12-Nov-2021 10:29)on November 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm
OZZY OSBOURNE Symptom Of The Universe (1982 UK 12" single, also including Iron Man/Children Of The Grave. The picture sleeve has a couple of corner creases/sticker residue to front, whilst the vinyl is in 'near as new' condition showing little signs of play JET12030)
- Ozzy Osbourne - Shot In The Dark - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.30, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 12-Nov-2021 09:56)on November 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm
OZZY OSBOURNE Shot In The Dark (1985 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Rock 'n Roll, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light shelfwear and the vinyl looks barely played A6859)
- Ozzy Osbourne - So Tired - Doublepack - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $26.60, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 10-Nov-2021 14:47)on November 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm
OZZY OSBOURNE So Tired (1984 UK limited edition 4-track 7" vinyl doublepack, also including Waiting For Darkness plus live versions of Bark At The Moon and Paranoid, glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl looks barely played DA4452)