Bob Daisley, a musician that worked with big names as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Ozzy Osbourne, revealed his thoughts about Osbourne’s decision to re-record his parts in his first two albums and stated that it was ‘pathetic’ for many reasons.
When they met in the 1980s, Daisley and Osbourne became good friends and decided it would be a good idea to form a band together. Osbourne and Daisley worked very well together during a jam session in Osbourne’s house. After they liked what they produced, they went looking for a good drummer that would fit in. That is when they found Lee Kerslake, who joined them in 1980.
Osbourne was problematic when it came to deciding the band’s name. According to Daisley, Osbourne tried to put his name in the band name to stay in the spotlight, which made Daisley and Kerslake feel like they were not a band. They were later fired by Osbourne.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Daisley spoke about his experiences with Osbourne and explained what he thought when he found out that Osbourne had re-recorded Daisley’s and Kerslake’s parts on his first two albums ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and ‘Diary Of A Madman.‘ He stated his shock when he first found out that he had replaced their hard work. Daisley also mentioned that the fans didn’t like what Osbourne did either.
Daisley called Osbourne ‘pathetic’ and said:
“To be honest with you, I thought it was pathetic. Someone sent me a copy of one of them, and I laughed. I thought, ‘Is this a joke?’ I just didn’t think it was done right. The thing is, you can’t reheat a soufflé. You can’t take the ingredients out of a cake and then try and bake it again. It happened once.
We did various takes of each song and we used the parts where each of us shined the best. There might be five takes of ‘Crazy Train’ or four takes of something else, or eight takes of something else, and we picked the one that had the best vibe. And it was four people being recorded in a room together. You can’t change that.
And the fans hated them for it. It was, like, ‘God, you’ve got no respect for the fans and everyone that spends money on this music.’ They were hated for it. I’m just quoting what fans said, not me.”
Daisley and Kerslake eventually sued Osbourne for royalties and claimed their credits on the two albums. Even though there was an ongoing lawsuit, Daisley and Osbourne continued to work together throughout the 1980s. Daisley did not have any hard feelings towards Osbourne, and he even stated that it would be nice to meet up with him again for old times’ sake.