After Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, he put together his own band featuring guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake. This band would record and release two albums “Blizzard of Ozz” released on September 20, 1980 and “Diary of a Madman” released on November 7, 1981.
Daisley and Kerslake were unexpectedly fired by Sharon Osbourne after the recording of “Diary of a Madman“. Bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge are credited in the liner notes and pictured on the inner sleeve but it was Daisley and Kerslake who performed all bass and drum parts on the original release.
That sucks but it gets much worse!!!
In 1986, Daisley and Kerslake successfully sued the Osbourne’s for unpaid royalties, eventually winning songwriting credits on both “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman“. Subsequently, a 2002 reissue of the albums were made with Daisley and Kerslake’s original bass and drum parts removed and re-recorded. The new parts were recorded by Osbourne’s then drummer Mike Bordin (Faith No More) and bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica).
Sharon said that it was Ozzy, not she, who was responsible for the decision to re-record the parts, stating:
“Because of Daisley and Kerslake’s abusive and unjust behavior, Ozzy wanted to remove them from these recordings. We turned a negative into a positive by adding a fresh sound to the original albums.”
Ozzy contradicted his wife’s claim in his 2009 autobiography, stating that the decision to re-record the original bass and drum parts was strictly Sharon’s decision. He said his wife “just snapped” and had it done without his knowledge.
“I didn’t have anything to do with that decision.”
Ozzy also stated that “a sticker was put on the covers telling everyone about it”, though in fact the sticker was not initially placed on the re-issue and was only placed on the covers at a later date due to fan outcry over the altered recordings.
In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored. Ozzy said he told Sharon,
“You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.”
Can you imagine the outcry if the Osbourne’s had decided to remove Rhoads guitar parts???