Legendary OZZY OSBOURNE, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, GARY MOORE and URIAH HEEP bassist Bob Daisley was interviewed on the latest episode of "The Double Stop With Brian Sword". During the chat, which can be streamed below, Bob talks about his career, and provides a taste of what's in his new autobiography, "For Facts Sake". He explains how he got his start as a bassist and goes into detail about his pivotal role in Ozzy's first six studio albums. Plus he talks about his working relationship with Gary Moore, and his plans for the "Holy Grail" — his rehearsal tapes of the original "Blizzard Of Ozz" band with original Ozzy Osbourne solo band guitarist Randy Rhoads.
Back in March, coinciding with the 32nd anniversary of the death of Rhoads, Daisley posted some excerpts online of the seven hours of audio he recorded during the writing, rehearsing and recording sessions for Ozzy's first two classic solo albums, 1980's "Blizzard Of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary Of A Madman".
Daisley told Rock Cellar in a 2012 interview that the 30th-anniversary reissues of both albums could have featured the material as bonus content. He explained, "I offered to supply tapes of our rehearsals and writing sessions, to go as proper bonus material. And I just said that I wanted a royalty out of it, because it's my stuff. But they wouldn't do it because they didn't want to give me a royalty — they just wanted to buy it."
Rhoads and two others were killed on March 19, 1982 when the small plane they were flying in at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida struck Ozzy's tour bus then crashed into a mansion. Rhoads was 25 years old.
Daisley said that he had "hours and hours of tapes" from the recording sessions, adding, "You can hear the songs changing, the different parts taking shape, and all this stuff would have been perfect bonus material for the box set. Sadly, the Osbournes are just too greedy and self-absorbed."
Daisley's and drummer Lee Kerslake's parts were removed from an earlier reissue and replaced by new recordings played by METALLICA's Robert Trujillo and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin after a dispute with Sharon Osbourne over royalties. They were restored for the 30th-anniversary editions.
Ozzy told The Pulse of Radio he was against the idea of replacing the original tracks when he found out about it. "Believe me, it wasn't my doing," he said. "I mean, I didn't know that was being done, 'cause Sharon was fighting all the legal things that were going down at the time. I said, 'What did you do that for?' And she said, 'The only way I could stop everything was if it went to that level.' And I said, 'You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.' I mean, I wouldn't have done that."
Daisley says that he and Kerslake were fired because of disagreements with Sharon over a number of things, including refusing to do two shows in one day out of worry that Ozzy would blow out his voice.