During a recent conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock, Zakk Wylde, the former lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne talked about the original Ozzy guitarist, the late great Randy Rhoads. Sammy Hagar ‘Never Listened’ To This Van Halen Album
Zakk Wylde opens up on Randy Rhoads
Wylde went on to reveal that Rhoads hated Black Sabbath. Interestingly, he had a great relationship with Ozzy Osborne and was even a part of the band. Wylde, who himself is a huge fan of Black Sabbath said that the fact that Osborne and Rhoads had a different approach to the music they were producing, helped them make contrasting music.
“If Randy hadn’t met Ozzy, which is so crazy because I’m a huge Sabbath freako – I love Sabbath – whereas Randy didn’t like Sabbath at all. So he, from the world he was coming from, and where Ozzy’s coming from, the fact that he didn’t like Black Sabbath at all and wasn’t influenced by Sabbath or anything like that, is really how that soup worked. It really is because Randy was coming with all these poppy-type riffs. When you listen to the early Quiet Riot stuff – those are definitely, without a doubt, Quiet Riot-type things. He had ideas like that.”
Rhoads was a member of Ozzy’s group between 1979 and his death in 1982, performing on 1980’s “Blizzard of Ozz” and 1981’s “Diary of a Madman.”