Carrie Underwood Belts Ozzy Osbourne Classic on Howard Stern Show
It has become well known in recent years that Carrie Underwood is a fan of classic rock.
She’s covered multiple Guns N’ Roses songs in the past and has even jumped up on stage and joined the iconic rock group a time or two.
She’s also apparently a huge fan of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, as revealed on a recent guest spot on Sirius XM’s Howard Stern Show.
After sitting down for an interview, the 8-time Grammy winner got up with her band and decided to cover Osbourne’s “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” which was originally released in 1991 and was written about Ozzy’s long time partner Sharon Osbourne.
Howard Stern, who admits to be an Osbourne fan himself, was very excited that Underwood decided to cover the classic Ozzy song. The radio host stated that he loved the “Crazy Train” singer, to which Underwood agreed, saying:
“I very much remember being a teenager, kind of discovering my own musical tastes, and my mom being very much against me listening to Ozzy.”
Stern chuckled and responded:
“Which makes it so cool, right? That’s why you like it.”
Underwood agreed and continued:
“But I was also like ‘I fell like you need to listen to some of these lyrics,’ because its not all darkness.”
Howard works in a “biting the head off of a bat” reference (I think you are contractually obligated to anytime you talk about Ozzy) and continues to be intrigued by the country music icon’s appreciation for rock.
Carrie goes on to commend Osbourne’s songs and lyricism:
“There’s a lot of love songs and things that are a lot more melodic and sweet.”
Stern and Underwood then go on to talk about and admire Ozzy Osbourne’s powerful vocals. Though neither were able to explain what exactly Ozzy does with his voice, they both agreed that he had a gift and (without modern day recording technology) was as authentic as it gets during his heyday in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
Stern then introduces the song that Underwood will be covering, giving a background on it and then asking why Carrie decided to go with it.
Underwood made it clear that she had asked for Ozzy’s blessing before performing the song, saying:
“Anytime I’m going to cover somebody, I want their blessing, I would never want somebody to be like ‘Man, I don’t like her.’
It’s worse if you sing the song and then somebody asks them about that and their like ‘what was that,’ you know?
So I just want to be respectful, and we had asked permission. Sharon was very sweet about it.”
Underwood without a doubt does the rocking love song justice.
Take a listen:
Howard Stern immediately applauds the performance saying both he and Ozzy loved it:
“Now that’s fantastic. I loved it.
Ozzy loved it. He called me during it, I swear to God.”
If you get the blessing from the artist that you are covering and then hear that the artist loves your cover performance, that probably means that you nailed the song.
I think country music fans (and music fans in general really) would be open to Carrie Underwood covering any rock song she ever wants to do.
“Crazy Train” next?
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