Bob Daisley thinks he saved guitarist Mick Mars from getting fired by Mötley Crüe

Bob Daisley thinks he saved guitarist Mick Mars from getting fired by Mötley Crüe

Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Daisley was part of Ozzy Osbourne‘s line-up when Mötley Crüe opened for the Black Sabbath frontman during his tour in support of his album Bark At The Moon, which was released back in 1983.

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In terms of how he convinced Mötley Crüe not to fire guitarist Mick Mars during that tour, Daisley indicated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “That night after the show, Mick Mars went on our bus [with Ozzy on the Bark At The Moon tour] and I went on their bus so I was the only one from Ozzy that went on their bus. And they were having a meeting. What they were planning on doing was getting rid of Mick and getting another guitarist in and they asked me for my opinion. So I said ‘If you want my opinion for what it’s worth, I would say do not try to fix something that is not broken.’ I said, ‘I have seen it before with Lee Kerslake in the Blizzard of Ozz. I said you got a chemistry there. You got a functioning unit. Mick Mars is part of that. Don’t fuck it up. Don’t do it.’ I think I saved Mick that night cause they were serious about getting someone else. Mick was good for the band. He was part of the sound of the delivery of what they did.”

Daisley was asked about the time that he was asked to co-write an Ozzy album with guitarist Steve Vai (David Lee Roth, Whitesnake) to which he stated: “That was an honour as well and it was great but it didn’t really work out for Ozzy and Steve Vai for whatever reasons. I don’t know the full details. I was at home and I got the phone call will you come and co-write the next album [Ozzy]. I loved the idea of working with Steve Vai and Ozzy together. So we went to Steve Vai‘s studio in L.A. and we began putting down tracks with Steve on some of the stuff and then we went to New York and began writing and rehearsing in the Sony studios. But then all of a sudden, it all fizzled out. The plug was pulled. I’ve got some recordings from those sessions. It was mostly me, Steve Vai and the drummer — Deen Castronovo is a very good drummer.”

You can read other excerpts from the interview with Bob Daisley at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below: