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Bass player Bob Daisley is back for 10 more Q's! He's involved in the new group Living Loud that features Jimmy Barnes, Deep Purple's Don Airy & Steve Morse and Uriah Heep's Lee Kerslake. Plus he's recently worked again with Gary Moore. Certainly one of the best bass players of all time...

1. What are you currently up to?

I have recorded Currently, I'm waiting for the release of the "Living Loud" album which should be soon. We'll (Living Loud) be doing some live shows here in Australia to coincide with the release and maybe more in other territories later. In November last year, I recorded an album with Gary Moore which will be released in the UK in spring of this year. I'll probably be doing some live shows with Gary through the summer to promote it. It's a blues album but with balls and aggression, a good 'n'.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of your career to date?

Definitely, a highlight of my carreer has just taken place. The recording of the Living Loud album has been a real "up" for me, it turned out better than we had even hoped for. As for low points, well, the obvious I guess, and that's the removal of Lee's and my performances from the classic "Blizzard of Ozz" albums Blizzard and Diary. The band when formed was called The Blizzard of Ozz and they WEREN"T Ozzy solo albums as the O$bournes would have people believe. Having to sue for what's rightfully yours and then have this happen is a downer but "we shall overcome".

3. Living Loud is out soon. Could you take us through some personal highlights please and who chose the Ozzy covers?

I chose the B.O.O. covers and was pleasantly surprised at how the idea was received by the others, especially Steve and Jimmy. The idea of re-doing some of those songs was NOT in retaliation to what the O$bournes did to the originals, Lee and I had spoken for years about re-recording some of those tracks but with various "guests". As it turned out, the line-up we ended up with was perfect and we knew it was going to work from the first hour we got together at Steve Morses studio in Florida.

4. What would you hope to achieve with Living Loud in the coming year or so?

Just to be accepted for what we are and what we've tried to do and that's make music that we totally enjoyed. We all loved working together and as one "listener" put it when some tracks were played to him - quote, "this reeks of enjoyment".

5. The Hoochie Coochie Men. Great blues rock album - how was it received by the press/fans and will there be a follow-up at some stage?

I'm not sure if there'll be any more Hoochies albums but I'd like to think there will be. The stuff we did with Jon Lord turned out great but we're here and he's in the UK. So far it's been received well and blues is something I really enjoy playing. As Willie Dixon put it "Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits".

6. Given all the styles of music and bands you've been involved over the years with is there any style of music you'd like to play and/or unfulfilled musical ambitions left?

Jeff Beck has always been one of my heroes, I'd love to do something musically with Jeff. I used to call him Jeff Best.

7. Rainbow - What are your fondest memories of the days in Rainbow? Did the band get much input musically or was it mainly Ritchie Blackmore's band.

Rainbow was definitely Ritchie's band and the direction/ writing was down to Ronnie and Ritchie. I really enjoyed my time with Rainbow, it was such a professional and smoothly run outfit. It was a great opportunity for me to soak up all the musical ideas and enjoy such a great musical situation. Ritchie was an inspiration and a brilliant guitarist, I got on well with him. I was very sad at the loss of Cozy Powell, we'd talked prior to his death of doing another Rainbow thing again. Oh well, it wasn't meant to be.

8. What has been your best career move and why?

It's difficult to pinpoint one career move as being the best as there have been quite a few "good moves" in my years and I always feel very fortunate as to where I ended up and with whom. I suppose joining Rainbow would have to be one of them as that helped to give me credibility for future ventures and taught me a lot. Forming The Blizzard of Ozz with Ozzy and Randy (and later, Lee) also turned out to be a good move. Quite often I'd do something if it felt good without analysing it too much and then, obviously, hope for the best. Often "the best" was what I got.

9. Who would you like to work with in the future and who would be in your fantasy band line-up?

Sometimes you might think you can put a bunch of your Ideal musicians in a room together and because they're all so good in their own way, that it will be just great. Quite often the reverse happens and it's a diaster. I felt very relieved when the Living Loud band gelled immediately and we knew we were on to a winner. As for the rest of the answer to this question, see answer # 6.

10. Message for your fans...

I've always tried to be true to myself as music goes, as it's always been so important to me. I would never want to insult any of you as the O$bournes have done, their's was a blatant disregard for music, the memory of Randy Rhoads and the record-buying public. What we did with Living Loud is from our hearts and I'm sure you'll feel that in the music when you get to hear it. We did not try to recreate any of those Blizzard songs, just put a new lease of life into them in our own way. It was for us and of course, for you all. I hope you enjoy the new album.

Many thanks, Bob Daisley.

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