Osbourne, 70, began teasing the song on Tuesday by launching a mysterious website under the name straighttohell.ozzy.com. The link took fans to a page featuring only a postcard written by the Prince of Darkness himself.
It read: “You’re invited. Join me this Friday, 11/22 — 12:00 a.m. EST” — which correlated with the release of the surprise single earlier this morning.
Straight to Hell explores the dangers and consequences of using drugs in lyrics like, “I’ll make you lie, I’ll make you steal and kill,” and “Enjoy the ride, I’ll plant my bitter seed,” among various other lines.
The three minute, 45 second-spanning tune opens with a soothing and harmonious chant before launching into a heavy barrage of guitar and bass riffs provided by Slash and his longtime bandmate, Duff McKagan.
The tune also highlights a ripping lead guitar solo.
Only hours prior to the release of Straight to Hell, Osbourne made his long-awaited stage comeback on Thursday night in Los Angeles, where he resides with his family.
The concert, however, was not his own. The Crazy Train rocker joined Post Malone on stage during his sold-out show at the Forum, where he was joined by producer/guitarist Andrew Watt and Travis Scott for a rendition of one of the Better Now rapper’s latest hits, Take What You Want.
It was the first-ever live performance of the song, and Osbourne’s first live performance since December 2018. The foursome are set to perform the song again on live television at this Sunday’s American Music Awards
Osbourne has spent 2019 recovering from a neck injury which he sustained after falling at his home at the beginning of the year.
During his recovery, however, the much-beloved musician returned to the studio to work on his first studio album in nearly 10 years alongside Watt, McKagan, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Chad Smith.
Ordinary Man is currently scheduled to be released sometime in Jan. 2020. Straight to Hell is now available through all major streaming platforms.
Osbourne’s upcoming rescheduled North American tour, ‘No More Tours 2,’ is set to commence in May 2020. It will run through the end of July and includes several Canadian dates.
“I’m not retiring,” the musician said in a recent video statement.
“I’ve still got gigs to do. But when I do come back on the American tour, I want to be 100 per cent ready to come out and knock your f–king socks off.”
Initially, all four Canadian stops of the tour — Montreal, Hamilton, Edmonton and Vancouver — were set to take place this spring with Megadeth. However, the shows were rescheduled back in April, with Marilyn Manson now serving as the support act.
For additional updates and tour dates, head to the official Ozzy Osbourne website.
Rescheduled North American No More Tours 2 2020 dates
** All Canadian dates are bolded **
May 29 — Atlanta, Ga. @ State Farm Arena
May 31 — Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
June 2 — Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 4 — Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 6 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
June 8 — Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 11 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
June 13 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ KeyBank Pavilion
June 15 — Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 18 — Montreal, Que. @ Bell Centre
June 20 — Hamilton, Ont. @ FirstOntario Centre
June 22 — Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 26 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 28 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
June 30 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
July 4 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Summerfest
July 6 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
July 9 — Edmonton, Alta. @ Rogers Place
July 11 — Vancouver, B.C. @ Rogers Arena
July 13 — Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
July 16 — Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
July 18 — Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
July 20 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 23 — San Diego, Calif. @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 25 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Chin Pavilion
July 27 — Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 29 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl