Ozzy Osbourne And Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Dead At 73

Lee Kerslake recording Ozzy Osbourne's

Lee Kerslake recording Ozzy Osbourne's"Blizzard of Ozz album at Ridge Farm Studio in 1980

Veteran hard rock/metal drummer Lee Kerslake - who played in Uriah Heep for a large portion of their career and on Ozzy Osbourne's classic solo albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman - has sadly passed away to prostate cancer at age 73. He also appeared in the 1987 Tribute Live album.

Moving on from Gods, the drummer recorded one album with Head Machine in 1970 before fully solidifying his presence on the music industry with the band Uriah Heep where he would go on to record in excess of 28 full feature-length albums.

Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley made the announcement. In response, Osbourne removed their performances from the 2002 reissues of the albums and had them re-recorded.

Despite drumming on Diary Of A Madman, Kerslake's name was erased from the album and replaced by subsequent drummer Tommy Aldridge, even though Aldrige admitted it was Kerslake's drumming on the album.

In 1998, Kerslake and Daisley filed a lawsuit against Osbourne and his wife Sharon, claiming that they were not given adequate royalties or songwriting credit for their work on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. 'It's on my bucket list.

Osbourne relented and sent him the platinum album in January of a year ago. "A platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic and it would say I helped create those albums". "It costs me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house, and then started to get ill". After Kerslake was diagnosted with terminal cancer, he and Ozzy resolved their differences, and Ozzy eventually sent Kerslake platinum records to recognize his contributions to Ozzy's legacy.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone celebrating the occasion, Ozzy told the magazine "We got Lee Kerslake literally just before we went in the studio, and it was just, like, four guys having a blast with each other".

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