September 11, 2005

The Deep Purple Fan Forum recently conducted a short e-mail interview with bassist Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, URIAH HEEP). A few excerpts from the Q&A session follow:

The Deep Purple Fan Forum: Other than LIVING LOUD, what projects do you have coming up?

Bob Daisley: "I've been asked to play on the next GARY MOORE album, but I'm waiting to hear when that will be, hopefully by the end of this year. Also there's a strong possibility that Jon Lord with THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN will tour Europe in October/November but it's yet to be locked in. There'll hopefully be some writing sessions for the next LIVING LOUD album this year too. Last month I did a reunion show at The Basement in Sydney with my old band from way back called KAHVAS JUTE, a true old favourite of mine. The show was filmed so there'll be a live DVD and remastered 1971 album package to be released later in the year or early next year."

The Deep Purple Fan Forum: When Ozzy re-recorded your parts of those albums did you know he was going to do that, or did it come as a complete surprise when it was released?

Bob Daisley: "That was a surprise and not a pleasant one but really, Lee [Kerslake, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE drummer] and I expected the O$bournes to do something to us because we were suing them but we didn't expect it to be something that would affect the memory of Randy [Rhoads] or insult the fans."

The Deep Purple Fan Forum: What do you make of the current line up of DEEP PURPLE?

Bob Daisley: "I think that Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore were such a big part of the old DEEP PURPLE sound that it's hard to replace them but Steve Morse and Don Airey add a fresh new dimension to the band. Fans still like to hear the old classics and they're all doind a good job of delivering."

The Deep Purple Fan Forum: How did you decide on Steve Morse, Don Airey and Jimmy Barnes for LIVING LOUD?

Bob Daisley: "I did a few shows with Jon Lord with my blues band THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN here in Oz and Jimmy got up and sang with us at a couple of them. After the show in Sydney at The Basement, the promoter, Drew Thompson suggested we all do something together and do an album. Steve Morse was mentioned as he was working with Jon at the time. The keyboard parts were originally to be shared between Don and Jon but as it turned out, Jon wasn't available when it came time to record so Don did all the keyboard parts."

The Deep Purple Fan Forum: Were their any other names that were considered for the project?

Bob Daisley: "Originally it was going to be just a project with various guests on board like Gary Moore, Brian May, Ronnie Dio and Jon Lord etc. but when we all started working together it sounded too much like a band to change anything so we kept it as a band line-up."

Read the entire interview at this location.

(Thanks: Brad Kennedy)

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