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For facts sake

Bob Daisley, For Facts Sake book cover

Bob Daisley has his autobiography For facts sake published and Classic Rock spoke to him about it:

A criticism of the book is its lack of insight on Blackmore. You paint some nice pictures of Ozzy, Ronnie and others but we don’t learn a whole lot more than we already knew about Richie. Is that fair comment?

Maybe. Ritchie has a reputation for being a bit cantankerous and moody but I always found him very friendly. We socialised outside of the band. I suppose people were waiting to hear what an awful prick he was, and… ultimately he wasn’t.

It’s been rumoured many times but the book confirms that a reunion of the classic Rainbow line-up was in motion before Cozy Powell’s tragic death in 1998.

Yeah, that was going to happen. We hadn’t decided whether David Stone, Tony Carey or Don Airey would play the keyboards, but the four of us were getting serious. I hadn’t spoken to Richie but Ronnie had. And then, bang!, Cozy was taken out and everyone agreed it was no longer possible. It would’ve been disrespectful.

Read the rest of the interview in Classic Rock blog.

The book is available for order from Bob’s own site.



7 Comments to “For facts sake”:

  1. 1
    Kevin says:

    This sounds like a really interesting book…I have just added this to my Christmas list 🙂

    I can’t believe how close we appear to have been to a classic Rainbow reunion back in ’98…That would have been absolutely awesome!! RIP Cozy! As Bob says, it just wouldn’t have been the same without you anyway.

    Looking forward to giving this a good read, and with loads of photos too…Excellent!

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    Would the ‘classic’ Rainbow have lasted long enough to record a new album? In interviews I have read over the years since then, Blackmore has stated that he was bored with the rock thing at around that time! Or maybe he was bored with Rainbow lineup that was going at the time? Also, he may have said that in hindsight, as he knew the reformed ‘classic’ Rainbow was never going to happen with Powell’s unfortunate death. Oh Cozy, why were you driving so fast in hideous weather on that fateful night? RIP.

  3. 3
    evillouie says:

    I would guess that if Candice or her Mom found out they were putting Blackmore’s Night on hold to reform Rainbow they would have put a stop to it anyway. Ah, what could have been…

  4. 4
    Conrad Passas says:

    With respect to Bob, who i think is a great bloke – IMHO Jimmy Bain, regardless of his dispositions at the time, is the man. It is the chemistry of all members that maketh the legacy – including Tony Carey, whom i still consider the most effective Purple related family keyboardist, after Jon of course. As much as Bob was a necessary part of the band moving forward, Jimmy’s contribution must not be ignored and with the benefit of recollection and reconsideration that a reunion project affords, is the guy…once again – IMHO.

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    Theo says:

    I’ve finished this book a couple of weeks ago. Most part of it concerns his work with Ozzy. What surprised me was how often he was screwed by the Osbourne’s and still went back to work with Ozzy.
    There’s a small portion about Rainbow and some pics.
    For instance that, during his last tour with Rainbow, Dio asked him if he wanted to start a new band with him. So Dio new he was leaving or being formed out Rainbow. After Dio had left and Bob found out he was no longer part of Rainbow, Dio phoned Bob several times to wait because he was starting a new band. Finally Bob found out in the press that Dio had joined Black Sabbath and he started with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads The Blizzard of Ozz.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Things like these happen too late.

    There are numerous examples of missed opportunities in music.

    What to think of the work Jon Lord still had on the shelve to do?

    Thats why I did not understand that in his last year he made another version of the Orchestra thing.
    Choices are hard but I d have preferred him to focus on the things he had shelved, mainly classical stuff I understood.

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    uwe hornung says:

    Daisley could play circles around Jimmy and Daisley had the better sound both in the studio and live. On Rising, whatever mix you take, Jimmy’s bass is bas(s)ically inaudible. Granted, the mix didn’t favor him and between Blacker’s overloud guitar and Cozy’s bass drums … – but still, Jimmy’s sound did his audibility no favors. The bass can be better heard on the debut and LLRnR (on those tracks where Daisley played).

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