April 4, 2002

OZZY OSBOURNE has released an official statement in response to the growing criticism over the reissues of the singer's Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman CDs, which feature re-recorded bass and drum tracks courtesy of current OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin. According to the statement, “it was OSBOURNE's decision to replace original bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake on these new releases.

“ 'Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake have harassed OZZY and our family for several years,' manager/wife Sharon Osbourne is quoted as saying. 'Because of their abusive and unjust behavior, OZZY wanted to remove them from these recordings. We turned a negative into a positive by adding a fresh sound to the original albums. We hope the fans enjoy the new versions as much as we do.' “

The “expanded edition” reissues of Blizzard Of Ozz, Diary Of A Madman, Tribute, and No More Tears are in stores now.

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