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 Gets Me Through (Withdrawn 2001 UK 1-track promotional PICTURE CD, custom picture sleeve SAMPCS105721)
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OZZY OSBOURNE/RANDY RHOADS Tribute (Rare 1987 US 9-track promotional only CD including Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, Suicide Solution [with guitar solo] and Paranoid, housed in an album style jewel case with a custom title sleeve! ASK-2699)
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OZZY OSBOURNE Perry Mason (1995 UK limited edition Individually Numbered 7" Picture Disc single, also including Living With The Enemy, hype-stickered clear PVC sleeve plus a bonus Ozzy sticker!)
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OZZY OSBOURNE Patient Number 9 (2022 UK/EU Indie Exclusive Comic Book Edition featuring Ozzy's brand new album on CD housed inside an 11" x 8" picture envelope containing an exclusive comic book designed by Spiderman artist Todd McFarlane. Featuring 13 tracks with special guest collaborators Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Taylor Hawkins, Tony Iommi, Mike McReady, Duff McKagen, Chad Smith, Robert Trujillo and Zakk Wylde. Brand new & factory sealed. Recommended)