Original Ozzy Osbourne bass guitarist Bob Daisley revealed the relationship between Ozzy and Gary Moore during a recent appearance on The CMS Network.
Aside from his successful career as the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy is also known for his long history of alcohol and drug abuse. He was struggling with his addictions so much that this got him kicked out of Black Sabbath in 1979 even though he was such a great vocalist. Then, he pursued his solo career.
In his recent conversation, Bob unveiled that Ozzy didn’t want to play with the legendary late guitarist Randy Rhoads. Instead, Ozzy invited Gary Moore to join his band. However, Gary refused this offer because of Ozzy’s addiction.
As Bob said, Gary turned the offer down because he didn’t want to have to deal with another drug addict after his experience with Thin Lizzy. However, he offered to look for and help him find a new guitarist for his band.
Although Gary offered Ozzy his services to help him find a new guitarist, Ozzy found Randy Rhoads by himself. Nevertheless, the Prince didn’t even try Randy out in the first gig they did in England according to Bob.
Bob Daisley on Gary Moore and Ozzy Osbourne:
“Randy wasn’t in the band to start with and Ozzy wanted Gary More initially. That was his first choice.
But Gary said, ‘No, I’ve already been working with one drug addict and alcoholic.’ He meant Thin Lizzy, but he said he’d help Ozzy choose players or have a look at guitar players for him.
But Gary wasn’t there the night that Ozzy saw Randy – he loved Randy and he said, ‘OK, you’ve got the gig.’ But when he came back to England, he was trying to put something together there without Randy.”
You can listen to the whole interview below.