Uriah Heep Drummer Passes

Drummer Lee Kerslake, who hit the skins for Uriah Heep and on what are arguably Ozzy Osbourne’s two best solo efforts, passed away from cancer at the age of 73. Kerslake was part of the classic lineup of Uriah Heep and featured on nine studio albums with the band. He also contributed drums to Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums. Years later, Kerslake was embroiled in a controversy with the Prince of Darkness that led to his drumming being omitted and re-recorded on early ’00s reissues of those albums. At the time, Ozzy refused to pay royalties or give partial song-writing credits to Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisley. His parts were later restored for another reissue in 2011 after an outcry from fans. You may remember from last year that Kerslake, in ill health, requested Ozzy send him a platinum copy of the albums in which he had a hand. Osbourne obliged.