Blizzard Of Ozz

Blizzard of Ozz lineup at Ridge Farm: Ozzy, Lee Kerslake, Bob Daisley, and Randy Rhoads.

First leg

Ozzy Osbourne and his band began their tour in Osbourne’s native United Kingdom on 12 September 1980, a week before the album’s UK release.

The band played three dates in Scotland, before moving on to play 25 dates in England and one in Wales between 17 September and 31 October.

Keyboardist Don Airey, who performed on the album, was replaced on tour by Lindsey Bridgewater.

On every date of the leg, the band were supported by Welsh hard rock band Budgie, who were promoting their eighth studio album Power Supply.

The songs for the second album “Diary Of A Madman” were recorded at the same time as the first album, their release was delayed until 1981.

Second leg

Shortly before the beginning of the tour’s second leg, original members Daisley and Kerslake were fired from the band.

Ex-Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo and former Pat Travers Band drummer Tommy Aldridge (both of whom were credited on Diary of a Madman in place of the fired members, who performed all bass and drum parts) were hired to replace them in April,[10] performing on the remainder of the tour.

Blizzard of Ozz was released in the United States in January 1981, before the second leg of the tour began in the United States on 22 April 1981, where it remained until 12 July.

Ozzy’s band were supported on the United States run by English heavy metal band Motörhead, who remained with the tour when it moved to Canada on 13 July, adding local hard rock band Queen City Kids (promoting their debut self-titled album) to the shows.

Ozzy and Motörhead performed at the Heavy Metal Holocaust concert at Vale Park, England on 1 August, before moving back to the United States to complete another month-and-a-half of tour dates with English hard rock band Def Leppard,  who were supporting their second studio album High ‘n’ Dry.

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  1. Andrea Diane Bobrowski

    Dear Lee it is a honor to be able to write a letter too you. You are the greatest drummer there is . When I was younger in1998 we would pretend to be you Bob and Randy. You are great. You and Bob and Randy . The Blizzard Of Ozz Band play them songs way better than any one . You have a special sound and you did a lot of hard work making those songs. You are great God Bless you and take care .you are a hero your friend Andrea Diane

    • Lee Kerslake - The Bear

      Thanks Andrea you are very kind, best of luck to you. Lee