Gus G discussed Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads in a new Guitar Autopsy interview. Tony Iommi Calls Out ‘Bad’ Ozzy Osbourne Performance.
I’m a huge Rhoads fan. Did you get to see any cool Randy stuff when you were with Ozzy? Do you ever get to see any of his gear?
“No, I didn’t, unfortunately not. He didn’t have any of his memorabilia or anything like that.”
From what I can tell, he doesn’t really like to talk about it.
“No, he does. We talked about him a lot and he would tell me some stories every now and then. He really loved him, of course, and to this day, he’s crushed by that.
“I don’t think he’s ever been to his grave, he just can’t take it. But he’s cool. He would tell me some stories about him and how much he practiced, and how much he loved classical, and that he wanted to quit rock ‘n’ roll and go into the classical world. Ozzy likes it, he’s a good storyteller.”
They have a show here in the US, it’s Ozzy and Jack [Osbourne, Ozzy’s son], and Jack took them to this place that’s inside this mountain somewhere, and they’ve got all this historical stuff stored away, and they pulled out some tapes – I guess they were rehearsal tapes or something from ‘Blizzard of Ozz.’ Ozzy hadn’t heard it since then, and he didn’t want to hear it in the show. He’s like, ‘I don’t really want to hear it.’
You could see that it clearly affected him in a pretty emotional way, so that’s kind of where I got that vibe from. I remember always reading interviews with him years ago and stuff where he talked about Randy a lot but it seemed that he really didn’t want to.
“Maybe in front of the cameras, I don’t know, maybe he gets emotional about that. But yeah, he was cool about him.
“He definitely shared a lot of stories, usually funny stuff. The comedy flows out of him, he’s just a guy who will make everybody laugh in an instant. I never got to see any gear like that.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his remarks.