Drummer Lee Kerslake states that hatchet finally buried between Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and himself
Former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice at this year’s annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala in Anaheim, California, USA on January 23, 2019. Kerslake was inducted into the Hall of Fame and presented with two platinum discs for the Ozzy Osbourne solo album Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.
In terms of how he got to California to be inducted, Kerslake advised (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “The phone rang about month and a half ago. It was Pat Guesaldo, CEO of the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and he said we would like to induct you into the Hall. Pat said ‘We would love to have you in California for the Gala’ but I said ‘I am on a pension and I can’t afford it.’ Pat then said ‘What if we take care of it for you?’ Then I said without sounding like a diva, ‘I can’t travel coach cause I have arthritis and bone cancer.’ Then Pat said, ‘No worries. We are going to fly you first class.’ I nearly broke down and cried. I finally got to California. The flight took 10 hours and when I landed I said to myself, ‘I MADE IT. I haven’t done this for 22 years.'”
With respect to finally receiving the platinum discs from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Kerslake stated: “We were filming me packing for California on my upcoming autobiography documentary and then my manager came in and said, ‘I have a surprise delivery for you’ and he brought in these two big boxes and they were the two platinum Ozzy discs. It was a crying moment. We finally buried the hatchet between the Osbournes and myself. I respect Sharon and I love Ozzy to bits. Ozzy also sent me back a beautiful letter hand written.”
In terms of his current health situation, Kerslake indicated: “The cancer has come back unfortunately. It has come back with a vengeance but I am not worried about it at the moment. I am enjoying this moment and all the love. I am having a great time. My doctor told me before I left they will be putting me on a new drug and I am hopeful.”
You can listen to the interview with Lee Kerslake by The Metal Voice below:
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