Jake E. Lee approached by producer Kevin Churko to rejoin Ozzy Osbourne before ‘Scream’ album
Red Dragon Cartel and former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee was recently interviewed by eonmusic and revealed that he had been approached to rejoin the Ozzy Osbourne camp decades after his departure in 1987. Lee played on Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo albums Bark At The Moon (1983) and The Ultimate Sin (1986) before a dispute over royalties soured the relationship between the duo.
The article from eonmusic reports that Lee was approached by producer Kevin Churko when Osbourne decided that he didn’t want to work with guitarist Zakk Wylde for the album that was eventually released as Scream in 2010. Guitarist Gus G. ended up playing on Scream with Churko and Osbourne handling producer duties (as noted on Wikipedia).
The following are excerpts from Lee‘s comments in the eonmusic article / interview:
“I did start to get a little itchy after ten years or, and I was jamming with bands every once and a while here in Las Vegas, and eventually, Kevin Churko, he initially contacted me because he was doing Ozzy’s albums.”
“To be honest, I haven’t listened to Ozzy in a long time, so I don’t know which albums he did, but I know he did a couple of albums with Ozzy, but he initially contacted me because he also lives in Las Vegas, about what it would take for me to come back and play with Ozzy.”
“Those talks didn’t last long… I mean, basically I said; ‘Look, all I want is song writing credit for the stuff I wrote on ‘Bark At The Moon’, that’s all.”
“If they do that, I’d be happy to, you know see what could happen with Ozzy and me, all these years later. But, yeah, that was never going to happen.”
You can read the rest of the article / interview with Lee at eonmusic.