List of Ozzy Osbourne band members
After being fired from his band Black Sabbath, English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne began his solo career in 1979. His initial band comprised himself, guitarist Randy Rhoads (formerly of Quiet Riot), bassist Bob Daisley (formerly of Rainbow) and drummer Lee Kerslake (formerly of Uriah Heep). Keyboardist Don Airey was brought in temporarily to record on Osbourne's first album, Blizzard of Ozz, in 1980. After the recording of Diary of a Madman, released in 1981, Daisley and Kerslake were fired from the band, replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge respectively.
On 19 March 1982, on their way to a festival in Orlando, Florida, a light aircraft taken without its owner's consent carrying guitarist Randy Rhoads crashed while performing low passes over the band's tour bus. In a prank turned deadly, the right wing of the aircraft clipped the bus, causing the plane to crash into a tree and finally a nearby house, killing Rhoads as well as the pilot. Bernie Tormé was the first to replace Rhoads, though only for a month, and was followed by Brad Gillis, who also left shortly after joining Night Ranger. Jake E. Lee was hired in late 1982, and remained as guitarist until 1987. Meanwhile, bassist Sarzo had left the band and was replaced by the returning Bob Daisley. Tommy Aldridge was replaced with Carmine Appice in 1983, who was in turn replaced with Randy Castillo, who played drums for Ozzy Osbourne from 1985 to 1993.
Mike Inez was Ozzy's bassist from 1989 to 1993, and ex-Sabbath member Geezer Butler joined temporarily in 1988 and 1995. Lee left in 1987. He was replaced by Zakk Wylde. Wylde left in 1992, though he rejoined Ozzy soon after. Castillo also left in 1993, replaced by Deen Castronovo (currently with Journey). Robert Trujillo joined as bassist in 1996, Steve Vai and Alex Skolnick made brief appearances as the band's guitarist in 1994 and 1995, and Joe Holmes joined in 1995. Former Faith No More co-founder Mike Bordin has been the band's drummer since 1997. When Trujillo left the band to join Metallica, he was replaced by ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted briefly in 2003. Chris Wyse became his replacement until 2005, when Rob Nicholson became a full-time member. After more contributions from Joe Holmes and then Jerry Cantrell, Wylde returned to Ozzy's band in 2006, but was replaced by Gus G. because Osbourne felt that his songs sounded too similar to Wylde's band, Black Label Society.
|Image||Name||Years active||Previous band(s)||Instrument(s)||Release contributions|
|Ozzy Osbourne||1979–present||Black Sabbath||lead vocals||All Ozzy Osbourne releases|
|Adam Wakeman||2003 – present||Black Sabbath, Yes, Annie Lennox||keyboards/rhythm guitar||Under Cover (2005), Scream (2010)|
|Rob Nicholson||2003, 2006–present||Rob Zombie||bass||Black Rain (2007), Scream (2010)|
|Gus G.||2009-present||Firewind, Dream Evil, Nightrage||lead guitar||Scream (2010)|
|Tommy Clufetos||2010–present||Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent||drums||Scream (2010)|
|Blizzard of Ozz
|Diary of a Madman
|Bark at the Moon
|The Ultimate Sin
|No Rest for the Wicked
|No More Tears
|Down to Earth
|Guitars||Randy Rhoads||Jake E. Lee||Zakk Wylde||Jerry Cantrell||Zakk Wylde||Gus G|
|Bass||Bob Daisley||Phil Soussan||Bob Daisley||Geezer Butler||Robert Trujillo||Chris Wyse||Rob Nicholson|
|Drums||Lee Kerslake||Tommy Aldridge||Randy Castillo||Deen Castronovo||Mike Bordin||Tommy Clufetos|
|Keyboards||Don Airey||Johnny Cook||Don Airey||Mike Moran||John Sinclair||Rick Wakeman||Tim Palmer
|Adam Wakeman||Zakk Wylde||Adam Wakeman|
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