I recorded this gig 40 years, so this has been sitting in my archive since 1975. I'm pleased to be able to share it and air it. This show epitomises Chicken Shack at the time – raw Blues, Rhythm and Blues and a bit of Funk thrown in. It was my second stint with Stan Webb, I'd been with the Shack from early 1972 until mid '73, when I left to join Mungo Jerry, which didn't quite satisfy my lust for real Blues, hence my return to Stan. On this show Stan and I are joined by the aptly named Bob Clouter on drums and Robbie Blunt on slide guitar. Robbie went on to be Robert Plant's guitarist in the early '80s after Led Zeppelin became defunct. Stan was a legend, and is still highly regarded by many of his Blues peers. This lineup, to me, was one of the best, we'd been gigging a lot, our musical communication was almost telepathic. Stan and the 'three Bobs' were on tour with Deep Purple and an American band called Elf. Their lead singer, Ronnie James Dio, and I ended up in a band called Rainbow two years later with Deep Purple's discontented lead guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore. During our time touring with Deep Purple in March 1975, we did some shows on our own in small theatres and clubs; this is a recording of one of them. In those days bands used to jam on songs when they played live, so this is typical of how we played the basic structure of a song then improvised and had fun with it; I'm very proud of how we sound on this. At the end of our show the tape ran out, but only the tail-end of the last song was lost. So until that point comes, sit back, relax and enjoy; these are 'those days'...
I first saw Ronnie Lane using this Zemaitis bass with The Faces in around 1971. I loved that band, you couldn't get any more 'typically English' than ol' Rod the Mod and the lads. Kenney Jones (drums), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Ronnie Lane (bass) came from the Small Faces when Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie. Rod Stewart and Ron Wood had worked together with the Jeff Beck Group (Wood on bass) on two classic albums 'Truth' and Beck-ola' in the late '60s; Woody also played bass on Rod's first solo album 'An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down'. I was more influenced by Woody's bass playing with Jeff and Rod than I was by Ronnie Lane's, but the whole Faces thing fascinated me and I became an ardent fan.
In 2003, Ronnie Lane's Zemaitis bass came up for sale in the 'Zemaitis Owners' magazine 'The Z Gazette', and after a little bit of "Come on big nose, let's haggle', the RL Z bass was mine. It always fascinates me to see film clips of Ronnie Lane using it, and even more so when I play it myself. There's only one of these in the world, and the vibes held within are unique, I love this bass. By the way, the 'coffin-shaped' case that came with it was handmade by Tony Zemaitis, although I keep the bass in a hard-shell case that's more protective.
I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words, comments and support. This lawsuit business is not a nice place to be but justice needs to be served and the truth needs to be known. Below is the official press release issued by my New York lawyer.
Love and appreciation to you all,
Minden, Nevada – August 9, 2016: Robert “Bob” Daisley, one of the writers of the hit song “Crazy Train” and a former band mate of Ozzy Osbourne, filed suit yesterday against Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited, seeking more than $2 million in unpaid royalties. The complaint was filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada in Douglas County. Daisley is represented by Crowell & Moring LLP and Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Daisley was one of the co-authors for songs on the famous hard rock albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Blizzard of Ozz reached multi-platinum status in the 1990s and featured well-known tracks, including “Crazy Train,” which is regularly heard today in sports arenas and featured in many television shows, commercials, and video games. For the past 35 years, the copyrights to the songs co-authored by Daisley have been administered by Osbourne and his affiliated companies in England and the United States, Blizzard Music Limited. The Complaint alleges that, although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley’s rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs.
“While Mr. Osbourne was benefitting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically shortchanging Mr. Daisley,” said Crowell & Moring partner Alan Howard, who represents Mr. Daisley. “Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.”
The Complaint in part requests an award of monetary damages for harm alleged to have been caused by Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited’s fraudulent conduct, as well as punitive damages. The complaint also requests an accounting of the books and records of Blizzard US and Osbourne.
It's difficult to believe that five years have passed since Gary Moore left us but today, the 6th of February, marks the fifth anniversary of his passing. Let's never forget how great he was, and may his influence on music and musicians live forever. RIP Gary mate.
This is indeed a sad day, the wonderful Jack Bruce has passed on. He was a 'creme-de-la-creme' bass player, singer and songwriter, and a major influence on me personally. He recently agreed to sing on a track or two of my forthcoming 'Tribute to Gary Moore' album but, all too sadly, he's joined Gary and the many others. His recorded music will live on forever, as will his legend and the legacy that he leaves behind. Long live the memory of Jack Bruce, for me he'll never die.
A very limited number of CDs from Mother's Army, Living Loud & the Hoochie Coochie Men are now available and all are signed by Bob. The Mother's Army triple pack costs £12 GBP excluding delivery, and the other albums available for £10 GBP. All CDs will be sold on a first come, first served basis, so please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to order.
Today, the 19th of March 2014, is the 32nd anniversary of the tragic loss of Randy Rhoads. To pay special tribute to Randy's life and the working relationship that he had with Bob Daisley, Bob has not only agreed to answer some recent questions regarding the seven hours of audio tapes that he recorded during the writing, rehearsing and recording sessions of the 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' albums, he has also agreed to share some snippets of those recordings with the fans.
I personally want to thank everyone who entered the competition, the response was very encouraging, thank you all.
Here are the answers to the first three questions that many people got correct:
- What was Bob's original title for the song that was re-titled SATO?
- What name did The Blizzard of Ozz perform under for their first unannounced show?
- How far apart were 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' recorded?
Approximately 10 months.
Along with many of the answers, people added very kind comments that I truly appreciated.
Answers to the fourth question were interesting, touching and, in some cases, amusing, which made it very difficult to narrow it down to just one winner. However, after much thought and consideration, I have chosen Carl O'Bier's as the winning entry...
- In less than 25 words, what is your favourite song from either 'Blizzard of Ozz' or 'Diary of a Madman', and why?
I've suffered from anxiety and depression almost my entire life and I've often said that the song 'Diary of a Madman' is my theme song.