BOB DAISLEY Explains Merits Of OSBOURNES Lawsuit

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles on February 18th, 2003 in their long-running dispute with former bandmembers Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake. Bassist Daisley and drummer Kerslake, who recorded 1980's Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A Madman, have been suing the Osbournes for 20 years regarding royalties and proper credits on the two albums.

Daisley explained to Launch how things got to this point: "Lee Kerslake and myself were fired after recording the Diary Of A Madman album. During 1980 and the beginning of 1981, contracts were drawn up and went backwards and forwards from our lawyers to their lawyers. We were told to keep working, that it would be eventually all sorted out. The contracts were actually physical, but not actually signed. And then when we got fired, we brought up the situation of royalties, and they just said, 'Oh, well. End of story--you're out of the band. Off you go.'"

The Osbournes removed the playing of Daisley and Kerslake from the recent reissues of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, replacing the original recordings with tracks from Ozzy's current bassist and drummer, Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin, respectively.

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