March 2010 Steve Flack of Guitar Heroes conducted an interview with legendary bassist Bob Daisley (retold Sep 2010) | The Official Ozzy Osbourne Site

March 2010 Steve Flack of Guitar Heroes conducted an...

Bob Daisley mentions an autobiography that is being released with Steve Flack of Guitar Heroes. He discusses quite a bit of history with Ozzy, Randy, Lee Kerslake, Black Sabbath, and several of other famous musicians and bands he's worked with.

Part One <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIhAiHeh9j4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIhAiHeh9j4</a> around 15:00 a discussion of working with Ozzy occurs till about 17:00.

Part Two Bob Daisley talks about working with Randy Rhoads, Ozzy, and the early years in the studio. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR9gNQuJd78">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR9gNQuJd78</a> goes until a bit after 8:00. He talks about working on the Black Sabbath album with Iommi on Eternal Idol, and around 23:00 he talks about working with Bill Ward on Ward One.

Part Three from 11:30 to 17:00 he talks alot about Blizzard of Ozz and the way things got shifted from their agreement of equality with Ozzy as a band to Ozzy Osbourne with the band name like an album title.<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CPl-4uYuDE">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CPl-4uYuDE</a>.

He discusses studio work with Randy and Lee from 26:00 on. Then at 29:00 he discusses his songwriting. Although acknowledging Randy's riffs and Ozzy's melody for the song, he claims he wrote the song. He said he wrote all the lyrics. And for Suicide Solution he says he wrote that song about Ozzy, who was heartbroken and drinking himself to death as a solution to his pain over being fired from Black Sabbath. He said Ozzy claims he wrote it about Bon Scott, but that Ozzy didn't write it, he only wrote the first line "Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker." He talks about Flying High Again.

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"Daisley, who played bass on the first two solo albums by Ozzy Osbourne, said in a recent interview with his web site that he has not been contacted about the 30th anniversary editions of those records being released in early 2011. The tracks played by Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake on both albums — 1980's "Blizzard Of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary Of A Madman" — were replaced on a previous reissue after Daisley and Kerslake sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over royalties.

Daisley told the web site, 'Neither Lee nor I have been contacted, considered or consulted in the decision to re-release the original recordings. I haven't a clue as to what the 'bonus material' might be. As for royalties, we have not been approached for a reconciliation and have been offered and promised nothing.'"

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...if I could be a fly on the wall when this stuff gets resolved. I have to say I think the guy is manipulative. he has issues and somewhat of a big head.

I am excited to hear the DVDs. Haven't heard anything except that it will be in 2011.

I want to know more about this. Clearly this must be something that needs addressing with the purported release of these restored versions coming in 2011.

A nice guy for the most part. Who has led an interesting and exciting life, with many world class bands and musicians.

The part I don't get is how, when discussing songwriting in Part 3, around 29:xx he lays claim to having written Crazy Train, Suicide Solution, and Flying High Again despite acknowledging that Ozzy came up with the melodies and a few of the lyrics to match Randy's driving riffs. I would imagine those two elements were the core of the songs. So, how can he say he wrote those songs. It would appear that the only thing missing were words. He did them justice by finding great words for them, but he didn't "write the songs."

How interesting that at the end he casually mentions having kept a diary of everything from 197x onward...it just struck me as a propped / purpose filled thing to say. Like something an attorney would have him say, and maybe he'd do ex post facto. Just a gut reaction...I don't know the man and wouldn't say that he's not being forthright about everything. Obviously if he thought he "wrote" the main songs for Ozzy, even if he did journal something, would that be evidence of anything but of what he believes?

It would seem to me musically that the songs were written by Ozzy and by Randy Rhoads. He contributed, yes, but they were written by them, not him.

I don't get what he hopes to achieve from this interview. It seems very heavily slanted towards airing things about Ozzy and the issues they have unresolved. Clearly if he'd had a legal claim to anything from his studio work with Ozzy, he would have won the lawsuits that he's filed for a long, long time against him. He's never won anything, which leads me to believe that his stand is not very strong.

He entered the deal with Ozzy as a studio musician, then wanted more. Hindsight is 20:20. I'm not saying that what he contributed wasn't good lyrics or riffs, but I would not be one to believe he WROTE the classics he claims he did. He participated in a small part to them. If anyone was responsible for the songs, it was Randy Rhoads.

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