The song marks a kind of a departure for the iconic singer while paying homage to the Beatles. The lyrics tell a biographical story, opening with: I was unprepared for fame / Then everybody knew my name." He later sings, "Yes, I've been a bad guy / Been higher than the blue sky / And the truth is I don't wanna die an ordinary man." John takes over to sing, "Many times I lost control / They tried to kill my rock' n' roll / Just remember I'm still here for you."
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"Ozzy loves the Beatles — it's his favourite band," drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers said in a new interview. "So he's, like, 'We need something mid-tempo, not so heavy.' So Andrew had this little piano-idea thing, and we made it into this song, and it's epic. And Slash plays the solo. It's so epic, there are two Slash solos. ... We decided, 'Well, it has a piano. Who is a really good piano player? … Let's get the Rocket Man. … And he played the piano on the song, and he plays it beautifully, of course. And then we're like, 'Why don't we have him sing a verse?'"
Listen to the full interview below.