In an interview with The Metal Voice, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley talked about his time back in Black Sabbath and revealed that he left the band because he felt uncomfortable.
Bob Daisley has worked with many leading rock figures like Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, and others. He had a long-term collaboration, especially with Gary Moore, as he recorded many albums and toured with him. It is known that Moore had a special place in his life, and in 2018, Daisley even released an album called ‘Moore Blues for Gary’ as a tribute to Gary Moore, in which he collaborated with many prominent names.
When Daisley was offered to play with Black Sabbath for their ‘The Eternal Idol’ album in 1986, he was already working with Moore. The band’s original bassist Dave Spitz had some personal issues, so they needed someone to replace him. Bob Daisley accepted the producer Jeff Glixman’s offer, and he played on all the tracks of the album.
Although it initially looked like a temporary collaboration, Daisley was later invited to become Black Sabbath’s permanent member, but he refused to join. When asked about the reason during the interview, Bob explained that he was aware of the other band members’ discontent, so he didn’t want to get in.
In his autobiography, Tony Iommi stated that the band members didn’t get paid, but Daisley said he received a payment, and his departure wasn’t about money. He just wasn’t satisfied with the whole situation. Bob also reflected on his deep commitment to Gary Moore and said he chose not to leave Moore, even though it was a flattering offer.
Bob Daisley on the reason he didn’t continue with Black Sabbath:
“Yeah, yeah. I did get paid, but I was wary of the whole situation because I knew that everyone was unhappy. And I thought, ‘Why go into a situation like that?’
Plus, I was very happy with working with Gary Moore and I didn’t really want to leave Gary. To join Sabbath, it would have been an honor, a great band, great name, and Tony Iommi and I got on great together, really well.
And I love the music – artistically, it would have been nice to be able to be a member of the band. But everything seemed a bit unstable, a bit shaky, there wasn’t any sort of definition to everything.
And so I was wary of the whole thing and, as was just said, Tony confirms it in his book as well.”
You can watch the entire interview below.