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.
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'...
Bob Daisley's autobiography, 'For Facts Sake' is out now. You can order a copy with a sticker signed by Bob here. The book is also available from Amazon ( CA | UK | US ).
"Bob played a HUGE role in Ozzy’s solo success with very little acknowledgement. His new book For Facts Sake is an interesting read for sure." - Eddie Trunk, That Metal Show
"The thing I love about Bob Daisley's autobiography, For Facts Sake, is that I can flip to any moment in the bassist's illustrious career and find details about projects I'd always wanted to know more about. The big stuff is there - Blizzard of Ozz, Rainbow, etc. - but it also reveals intimate details about some of his more low-profile sessions and tours, like Black Sabbath's Eternal Idol record, for example. And because the book is taken directly from Bob's extensive, personal diaries, he is able to illuminate the personal relationships and interactions that formed the basis for the incredible music being created and/or performed on these epic records and tours. You'll also get some sincere insight into why some situations didn't work out (I'm thinking Cozy Powell in Gary Moore's band, for example). It sounds cliche, but it is a definite must read for fans of Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and many, many more..." - Freddy Villano, US Bass Player Magazine
"When you read most autobiographies written by musicians (or written on their behalf), what strikes is the utter tosh they come up with. That’s certainly NOT the case here. Bob Daisley provides a fascinating insight into his life and career, and all the amazing characters he’s met and worked with over the decades. Bob has a real story to tell and does it brilliantly. The sort of book you want to read all the way through in one sitting." - Malcolm Dome, Bloodstock Radio
"Among others things, Daisley’s book provides illuminating insight into the years spent as a co-founding member of The Blizzard Of Ozz. For those of us that have followed his career it’s an absorbing read." - Dave Ling, Classic Rock Online
"After his beat group beginnings, Daisley’s career really took off and his anecdotes feature a who’s who of hard rock/heavy metal. Through it all he balances his personal life and career seamlessly, making for an entertaining, amusing and sometimes very moving read." - William Penfold, Record Collector Magazine UK
"Other than the dodgy cover art, which nonetheless serves the purpose of informing us about the many classic bands Bob has been part of, everything about this book is a magical ride you don’t want to end. Through Bob’s almost military memory—and aided ably by his fortunate habit of meticulous journal-keeping—we’re soon experiencing the inner workings of RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, BLACK SABBATH, and most thoroughly, the OZZY OSBOURNE band, an act for which Bob wrote most of the lyrics through the first five albums, played bass on most of those, wrote a bunch of the music, plus played on the sixth, No More Tears. Where all of this would be enough to warrant a mountain of a book, Bob also takes us into the fascinating world of the second tier, Daisley as journeyman, consummate bassist (music-writer and lyricist), trying to make a buck in his early bands (the legendary KAHVAS JUTE, plus MUNGO JERRY and CHICKEN SHACK), along with instructive, illustrative strides through the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and GARY MOORE organizations. But all told, this must have been very satisfying to Bob, getting to tell his tale, with much of the book related to his hopelessly tangled relationships with both Don Arden and Sharon (Arden) Osbourne. Fascinating reading, and all of it on heavy-gauge 80lb. semi-gloss. Why? Well, because the whole, heavy, heavy, 7 1/2” x 11” tome is full colour throughout, leading to the most gosh-darn over-the-top reason every fan of classic hard rock has to own this thing: the fly-on-the-wall photography, recording Blizzard and Diary, on tour, in restaurants, backstage with Rainbow... it just goes on and on. Not normally a huge photo guy myself, these are so illuminating, I found myself wishing they were rendered bigger. But alas, this has allowed there to be so much substantial text AND... man, there’s gotta by over 500 photos in here. Bottom line, For Facts Sake is a pull-no-punches deep-insider account of a number of historically huge creases and corners of classic metal. What’s more, it’s impressively detailed, funny, quick-paced, shocking at times, and above all, packed with reflection and insight as to Bob himself as well as the mythic personalities he’s quietly helped look good. For Facts Sake is available exclusively at Bobdaisley.com" - Martin Popoff, BraveWords
"In a career that has spanned five decades, Australian bassist extraordinaire Bob Daisley has worked with some of the most legendary names in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, The Hoochie Coochie Men and Chicken Shack are just some of the many artists who’ve benefited from Daisley’s playing and/or songwriting talents over the years. Fueled by an extensive diary that Daisley has kept since 1976, For Facts Sake presents some of the most in-depth stories about Metal’s greatest legends ever committed to paper. These remarkable tales are fleshed out by hundreds of rare photos and graphics from Daisley’s personal archives. Treasures displayed in the book include Daisley’s handwritten lyrics to the final verse of "Crazy Train" and never-before-seen shots of the late Randy Rhoads." - Joel Gausten
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.