Speaking in a recent interview with The Metal Voice, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee talked on why he did not get credit for writing the music on Bark At the Moon.
He also revealed the how much money he earned from Ozzy Osbourne’s band at the beginning. Here’s the statement:
“I was young and back in those days there was little information about how the music business works and I trusted people. I was told from the beginning I would get my fair share of the writing credits and publishing and I took them at my word which was a mistake but it was never about the money.
When I first joined the band I’m pretty sure I got paid about $100 dollars a week but it would incrementally go up because they weren’t sure about me. Then it doubled and it would keep doubling and so on until I proved myself and I didn’t care. I went from having no money and no band to being in Ozzy I didn’t give a shit about the money and I didn’t even give a shit about getting paid on Bark at the Moon album I just wanted credit.
I remember I was going to get $5000 to record Bark at the Moon and get writing credit and publishing. But when I finally got the contract they threw in another $10,000 to make up for the no having writing and publishing.
In regards to not having publishing on that song Bark at the moon, just low balling, for my portion would have been $250,000 just for that song not having publishing on it. Which means there was about $250,000 that Ozzy got that instead of me. It’s a lot of money but I am not bitter about it. “
In another interview with Ultimate-Guitar, Jake E. Lee revealed the favorite guitarist of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne. Click here.
You can watch the entire interview from below.