On the heels of the Smashing Pumpkins suing former manager Sharon Osbourne for allegedly terminating their agreement without notice and allegedly misappropriating a $150,000 advance (Daily Variety, Feb. 24), two former members of her husband/client Ozzy Osbourne’s band — bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake — have filed a $20 million suit against Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records and Blizzard Music (the Osbournes’ music publishing company).
Daisley and Kerslake’s suit claims they haven’t been properly credited for their songwriting contributions and they haven’t been paid for the use of these songs on subsequent compilation albums or in commercials.
“The lawsuit is preposterous,” attorney Orin Snyder of Parcher, Hayes & Snyder — who represents the Osbournes, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records and Blizzard Music — told Daily Variety. “It concerns events that occurred nearly two decades ago and has absolutely no basis in reality.
“Although we are confident that the lawsuit will be dismissed, it’s a shame that successful recording artists must be subjected to this kind of nuisance.”
As for the Pumpkins’ suit, which seeks a return of the advance while alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, Sharon Osbourne told Daily Variety: “It is unfortunate that (Smashing Pumpkins frontman) Mr. (Billy) Corgan has turned a routine accounting matter into a lawsuit designed to attack my honesty and credibility. Obviously this is just a sad attempt to keep me in his life a little longer because he misses me so much.”