The Reason Ozzy Osbourne Was Turned Down By Gary Moore

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There’s no doubt that every musician would dream of working with the Prince of Darkness as he is one of the most successful rock stars of all time. However, his fame doesn’t only come from a triumphant music career that spans over more than five decades as Ozzy Osbourne also has a bad reputation for being a troublemaker.

Osbourne most likely has the longest list of getting himself into unbelievable situations, mainly due to his substance abuse. When the rocker drank his own urine, bit the head of a bat on stage, as well as a dove, he mainly hurt himself and those around him. Nevertheless, his addictions damaged his music career which refrained his fellow musician from working with him.

While his substance addiction cost him his career with Black Sabbath, Osbourne also had a hard time recruiting the guitar player he wanted to work with when he first embarked on a solo career. Let’s take a look at the time when the Prince of Darkness had somebody else in his mind other than Randy Rhoads. 

Ozzy Osbourne Embarked On A Solo Career

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When his substance addiction started to get in the way of him and his music, Ozzy Osbourne was ejected from the band on April 27, 1979. His bandmates told him that the reason behind this decision was his unreliable behaviors due to his addiction whereas Osbourne himself claimed his drug use and alcohol consumption at that time was neither better nor worse than that of the other members.

Following his dismissal, Osbourne formed the Blizzard of Ozz in late 1979 with band members such as Lee Kerslake, Bob Daisley, Con Airey, and Randy Rhoads. Despite Rhoads being considered to be the person who brought Osbourne back into music, it was later revealed by Daisley that he wasn’t even supposed to be in the band initially.

Ozzy Osbourne Wanted To Work With Gary Moore

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Many people consider Gary Moore as Ozzy Osbourne’s first choice of replacement when his guitarist and close friend Randy Rhoads tragically passed away in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. As his bassist Bob Daisley revealed once during a 2018 interview with Metal Voice, this doesn’t exactly reflect the truth.

According to Daisley, Ozzy Osbourne never considered having Gary Moore as a replacement for Randy Rhoads as Moore was his first choice when he first left Black Sabbath. However, Moore didn’t want to work with him due to his reputation for being unprofessional considering his substance addiction.

Lucky for the Prince of Darkness, Moore didn’t join him but offered him to find a guitar player that can be suitable for him and his solo band. As a result, Osbourne found Rhoads which was the perfect combination for his solo career as well as his personal life.

Regarding Moore and Osbourne, Daisley said:

“Ozzy wasn’t thinking of replacing Randy Rhoads with Gary Moore, Gary Moore was his first choice. When Ozzy was in LA after he got fired from Black Sabbath, he was thinking about putting a band together, and his first choice was Gary Moore. But Gary didn’t really want to work with Ozzy because of Ozzy’s reputation with drugs and booze and being sort of unprofessional, unreliable, and all that.

But Gary said, ‘Look, I’ll help you find a guitarist. Or, if you find a guitarist that you want my opinion on, I’ll help you that way.’ But he didn’t want to join Ozzy himself. But Gary had been Ozzy’s first choice. … You know, as it turned out, I think it all turned out for the best.”

You can watch the entire interview down below.