In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, bassist Bob Daisley looked back on his time in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band and how Ozzy reacted when BLACK SABBATH released Heaven and Hell album with Ronnie James Dio on vocals few months before Ozzy released Blizzard of Ozz.
“Ozzy was worried about that. I know he was concerned. It did whack him in the gut a bit that the new BLACK SABBATH with Dio did so well, Daisley said. “Don’t forget, at that time, as you mentioned earlier, the punk thing was coming up. Some bands like SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE and ZEPPELIN were kind of being considered dinosaurs.
“This wasn’t by a majority, but a minority of young people and punkers. The only thing we could do was go into the studio, be ourselves, do our best, and like it or not. That’s what we did. We didn’t go in trying, ‘What would be a good single? What will be a hit single? How can we make this album a commercial hit album?’
“We didn’t do any of that. It was just, ‘Go in. Play how you play. Work together. See what you do. See if people like it.’ I think the honesty of that, the authenticity of what we really were, comes out in the music, the joy in it, the belief in it. We weren’t pretentious in any way. It was just — go in, do what you do, and do it as good as you can, and we did. I think that holds up in the record of how it turned out.”
Daisley also talked how in joined Ozzy‘s band in the first place, saying: “I took a train out to Ozzy‘s place. He had already auditioned Randy Rhoads at this point, and he told Randy that he had the gig. But then Ozzy went back to England and decided he really wanted to have an English band. Randy was still in America. Two other guys were at Ozzy‘s when I arrived. One of them had red hair. I can’t remember their names, but they were a guitarist and a drummer. They were OK. They were decent enough players, but not what you would call virtuosos or world-class or that impressive or anything.
“Ozzy had this little rehearsal room built on the side of his house. Ozzy and I went out into the kitchen. We made a cup of tea and started chatting. He said, ‘Do you want in?’ He and I got on great. He phoned Arthur Sharp at Jet and said, ‘Bob‘s here. We just had a knock together. We get on like a house on fire. The fire brigade’s just left.’ Those were his words. I remember it like it was yesterday.
“I said, ‘Yes, I am interested.’ That’s because I liked Ozzy‘s voice. I loved him as a guy. We got on really well straight away. I said, ‘To be honest with you, are you set on these other two guys?’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘They’re alright. They are good, but there’s no spark there. There is nothing special about the situation.’ He said, ‘Wait a minute.’
“He then walked out of the kitchen, into the rehearsal space, and he said, ‘It’s alright, fellas. You can pack up and go home. It’s not working out.’ Then he came back into the kitchen and sat down. We were drinking tea. He said to me, ‘I met this guy in L.A. He’s a guitar teacher. He’s great.’
I said, ‘Who is that, then?’ He said, ‘His name is Randy Rhoads.’ I said, ‘OK, let’s get him over then. That sounds better.’ We went to David Arden. And he still says it today. He said, ‘Against my better judgment, I paid for this young, unknown kid to fly to England.’ He flew Randy over. What he meant by ‘against my better judgment’ is that nobody had heard of him or even knew if he was a good player. Did Ozzy know that he was a good player? Ozzy wasn’t really a musician.”