Ozzy Osbourne has sent platinum records to a former bandmate who wanted to own them before he died.
Lee Kerslake, who was the drummer on Ozzy’s first two solo albums, revealed in December 2018 that he has terminal cancer. One of his bucket list wishes was to receive the platinum discs of the records he worked on.
Ozzy has sent the discs, ‘Blizzard of Ozz‘ and ‘Diary of a Madmen’, to Kerslake. His gesture was revealed via his social media pages.
I’m so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums. I hope you feel better.
Love, Ozzy pic.twitter.com/nhc8stldQz
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 18, 2019
The rock legend wrote in a photo caption on Twitter: “I’m so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums. I hope you feel better. Love, Ozzy.”
Kerslake, who along with bassist Bob Daisley, sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne for proper royalties on the aforementioned classic albums but eventually lost their case, Consequence of Sound reports.
The drummer told The Metal Voice in a December 2018 interview that the litigation left him “bankrupt.”
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Kerslake and Daisley’s names were not included in the liner notes for ‘Diary of a Madmen’. The bandmembers’ replacements, Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo, were instead credited.
Despite losing the case, Kerslake said that he still wrote to the Osbournes to request they send him the discs, “to hang on my wall before I die. It’s on my bucket list.”
He said that the shows aren’t actually a farewell tour at all. “People have gotten that all wrong,” he said. “The tour should have been the Ozzy Osbourne ‘Slowing Down Tour'”.