Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Daisley was interviewed as he promoted his new tribute album to guitarist Gary Moore, titled Moore Blues for Gary – A Tribute To Gary Moore, which was released via earMUSICon October 26, 2018.
Daisley was asked about Ozzy‘s interest in Gary Moore after departing Black Sabbath and starting his solo band. The bassist stated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “Ozzy never wanted to replace Randy Rhoads with Gary Moore. Gary Moore was Ozzy‘s first choice. When Ozzy was in Los Angeles after he got fired from Black Sabbath and he was thinking of putting a band together his first choice was Gary Moore. Gary Moore didn’t want to work with Ozzy because of Ozzy‘s reputation with drugs and booze being unreliable and unprofessional. Gary said I will help you find a guitarist or if you find a guitarist that you want my opinion on I will help you that way.”
In terms of which Ozzy guitarist that Moore preferred, Daisleyadvised: “One thing I would like to add is that Gary rated Jake E. Leevery high he said, Saying I think Jake E. Lee is one of the best guitarist Ozzy ever had.”