Former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake spoke in an interview with Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice and talked about his time with Ozzy Osbourne writing and recording the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.
He has revealed the untold story about how Sharon Osbourne changed the name of Ozzy’s solo band.
On how he joined Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz band, he said:
“I left Uriah Heep because I had a big argument with the management and I was sick and tired of the band politics so I left and started doing a solo album. I then got a phone call from Ozzy’s agent and said would you fancy joining Ozzy Osbourne’s band and I said no, I’m not interested in joining any band unless I am part of the band.
I’ll join if I am a member because I’ve had enough arguments and politics in bands over the years. So Ozzy’s people said okay, so I went to the auditions and I told them I will audition you and you will audition me.”
On first audition, he said:
“At the audition it was just Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Ozzy and me. I’d never heard of Randy Rhoads before I never knew of him or any of his playing but I knew Bob Daisley from Widowmaker. In rehearsal we played the song ‘I don’t know’ and Randy Rhoads jumped and yelled We got a drummer!
And the Bob said this guy’s incredible and so I joined. Nothing more was discussed because we had to go in the studio right away and record an album . I didn’t know the songs because most of the tracks were already written and in the end I wrote only a couple of songs.”
On name changing, he said:
“The first album was suppose to be called the Blizzard of Ozz as the name of the band but Sharon changed that and turned it around to Ozzy Osbourne. The album did very well in America.”
You can watch the entire interview below.