Ozzy Osbourne Fingers Sharon

The Ozzman

A lot of folks grumbled when Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake were replaced on the 2002 reissues of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Faith No More’s Mike Bordin — who recording new versions of the LP’s bass and drum tracks — and rightly so.

Of course, the heart of the matter boils down to cash. And in a recent interview, Ozzy Osbourne says it wasn’t his decision, but his wife Sharon’s.

“Believe me, it wasn’t my doing,” Ozzy told Pulse of Radio, who Blabbermouth quote almost constantly. “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.”

The original recordings are to be re-released sometime this year, but nothing specific has been announced. Sharon Osbourne once tried to get me fired from MTV because I hinted I might run a piece on that year’s lineup…well ahead of the annual announcement that March. I wasn’t fired, but Sharon managed to get the story killed. So, this shit, I believe.

Apparently, Sharon didn’t want Daisley and Kerslake profiting from the re-issues. The move to prevent them from collecting royalties came after the pair sued the Osbournes over previous royalty payments.

In related news, Ozzy and Korn have been announced as the headliners for the Israeli version of Ozzfest, which is set for Tel Aviv on September 28. More bands will be announced soon. Shalom, bitches.

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