During an appearance on Rockin’ Metal Revival, Quiet Riot bassist reminisched his 1981-1982 tenure in Ozzy Osbourne’s band. He went on to reveal that how Randy Rhoads’ mother had made a demand. He revealed that Rhoads’ mother wanted her son to join Ozzy Osbourne.
Randy Rhoads’ mother wanted her son to work with Ozzy Osbourne
Riot was asked about Randy’s recent Rock Hall induction and he replied (transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):
“It’s amazing and it’s timely. And I mean timely because I see Randy as the continuation of the shredder legacy. The last one from the ’70s was Eddie Van Halen.
“We recall what was happening after Van Halen got signed – punk became the new music favored by the radio, and so all the bands and musicians in L.A., that’s where everybody gravitated to, and we were not getting any attention whatsoever from the labels.
“It was early incarnations of Motley Crue, Ratt, you got Dokken, you have Great White, Blackie Lawless doing something else [with W.A.S.P.]… And so what happened was that Randy had no choice.
“In fact, his mom told him, ‘Hey listen, opportunities like this don’t come around all the time.’ So she actually gave him the advice to actually leave L.A. and join Ozzy so he could actually make something of himself. And he sure did.