Uriah Heep drummer Lee Carslake, a longtime drummer, died on September 19, 2020, at the age of 73, US local time.
Lee Carslake joins Randy Rhoad on Ozzy Osbourne’s solo album. He also played the drums for the first “Blizzard of Ozz” and the second “Diary of a Madman”, but he had prostate cancer the day before the 40th anniversary of the announcement of “Blizzard of Ozz”. Passed away. Following Carslake’s news, Ken Hensley, a former member of the British band Uriah Heep, issued a statement. “I’ve been my friend for 55 years and was the best drummer I’ve played with. Lee Carslake, who was in the deepest part of my heart, fights cancer at 3:30 this morning. He died in peace. He died in honor of the Lord, but it was too regrettable. “
Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box also told Facebook: “Lee was the kindest guy in the world. Brother was a terrific drummer, singer and songwriter. A life more passionate than ever. It was loved not only by the fans but also by everyone involved. “
After working with British bands such as Gods and Head Machine, Carslake began recording at Uriah Heep in late 1971 with Demons and Wizards, released in 1972. Carslake recorded a total of eight studio albums on his 1978 album, Fallen Angel, until the band went into hibernation. Shortly thereafter, he was scouted by Ozzy Osbourne, who had just been fired from Black Sabbath, and formed a new band with Randy Rhoad and bassist Bob Daisley.
Ozzy Osbourne literally entered the studio in an interview to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Blizzard of Ozz, ranked 9th in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums. It was a moment. At that time, we really enjoyed each other. We messed up with cocaine and liquor. Randy was different. Randy doesn’t take medicine. He only smokes and doesn’t drink much. ” Said.
However, Carslake’s participation in Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman was later removed, as was bassist Daisley, and re-recorded when re-released 10 years later. It was broken. The cause was a long court case between Ozzy and his former band members over royalties and composition credits. Eventually, Carslake left before the album was released, and another drummer Tommy Aldridge was listed as the drummer for Diary of a Madman.
Following Carslake’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, he and Ozzy worked to resolve these issues. Eventually Ozzy acknowledged Carslake’s contribution and sent him a platinum record.
In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Carslake said, “I recently sent a letter to Sharon and Ozzy. I managed to tell them Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Will you send me a certificate of the platinum album or I want to hang it on the wall before I die. That’s my bucket list (a list of things I want to do before I die). I hope. I was completely bankrupt when I lost to Sharon and Ozzy in the trial. It cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars, I sold my house, and I got sick. But the platinum record certificate is a wall. It would be great if I could get it, because it’s like saying that I helped make this album. “
The contributions of Carslake and Daysley were later recounted when the 30th Anniversary Edition LP was announced. After breaking up with Ozzy, Carslake and Daisley rejoined the Uriah Heep from 1982’s Abominog. He continued to contribute to the band until he left in 2007.
Its been 39 years since Ive seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP pic.twitter.com/xWqVR0VJn6
— Ozzy Osbourne (@Ozzy Osbourne) September 19, 2020
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