Ozzy: It Took Me A Very Long Time To Get Over Randy Rhoads' Death

Rob Fitzpatrick of U.K.'s Guardian.co.uk recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy: It Took Me A Very Long Time To Get Over Randy Rhoads' Death
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Rob Fitzpatrick of U.K.'s Guardian.co.uk recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. On Black Sabbath seemingly reaching the end of the road in 1979: "We never knew what was happening from one day to the next. We tried to manage ourselves for a while but we were always in the fucking bar. We were sick of each other, too - you don't even want to be around your wife all the time and you married her - and none of us wanted to drag this black magic shit around forever so we tried to get a bit modern. But you should stick to what you know best." On hearing about guitarist Randy Rhoads through Dana Strum of the band Slaughter: "[Dana] would go on and on about this guy [Randy] like he was fucking Jesus. I was smoking dope and getting tanked and fucked up on powders and I just wanted to go home, but he said I had to see this guy. So Randy came in, five foot fucking two and so skinny, I thought he was a fairy. When he played my brain went, 'Either this is the greatest gear ever or this guy really is the best guitarist in the world.'" On Randy Rhoads' passing at the age of 25: "It took me a very long time to get over his death. I'm on a low dose of anti-depressants even now. Randy gave me a purpose, he gave me hope. I was fed up fighting people. I just had the greatest respect for him." On how his song "Suicide Solution" inspired a 1984 lawsuit that saw Osbourne and CBS Records accused of inciting, via subliminal messages, 19-year-old alcoholic depressive John McCollum to put a handgun to his head and pull the trigger: "That whole part of the 80s was a crazy fucking time. But it was obvious to me that the first guy who shot himself was a fucking fruit loop. I tried to tell them it takes me all my time to put the lyrics in the right way round." On his first two solo albums, "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman", which were reissued last month as 30th-anniversary expanded editions: "You know, when I listen to those two records now I hear a real vibe. Rock music is not meant to be perfect. Randy loved hearing his fingers slide up and down the strings. Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology." Read the entire interview at Guardian.co.uk.

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    Jesus_Dean
    "You know, when I listen to those two records now I hear a real vibe. Rock music is not meant to be perfect. Randy loved hearing his fingers slide up and down the strings. Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology."
    Only part of the article that I haven't read a hundred times already.
    shreducator
    "You know, when I listen to those two records now I hear a real vibe. Rock music is not meant to be perfect. Randy loved hearing his fingers slide up and down the strings. Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology."
    I totally agree, I hate how everything has become all about technicality. The guitarists of today are waaaay more technically minded and educated, but as far as putting feel and emotion into music, there is no we don't hold a candle to what those guys could do.
    EvilAngel93
    shreducator wrote: "You know, when I listen to those two records now I hear a real vibe. Rock music is not meant to be perfect. Randy loved hearing his fingers slide up and down the strings. Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology." I totally agree, I hate how everything has become all about technicality. The guitarists of today are waaaay more technically minded and educated, but as far as putting feel and emotion into music, there is no we don't hold a candle to what those guys could do.
    This. You can't make a guitar solo into a song, and anybody can tap lightning-fast and shred all they want, but if you want a song, you have to feel the song and place passion into what you write. Yeah shred solos are cool, but I'd much prefer solos that just sound passionate. I was never really into Ozzy, but I can respect him, and particularly for that comment.
    $hithappen$16
    Eh... same ozzy news different day. its always as followed: "what happened to black sabbath?" "how'd you feel about randy roads?" bla bla bla
    Eternal Decay
    EvilAngel93 wrote: shreducator wrote: "You know, when I listen to those two records now I hear a real vibe. Rock music is not meant to be perfect. Randy loved hearing his fingers slide up and down the strings. Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology." I totally agree, I hate how everything has become all about technicality. The guitarists of today are waaaay more technically minded and educated, but as far as putting feel and emotion into music, there is no we don't hold a candle to what those guys could do. This. You can't make a guitar solo into a song, and anybody can tap lightning-fast and shred all they want, but if you want a song, you have to feel the song and place passion into what you write. Yeah shred solos are cool, but I'd much prefer solos that just sound passionate. I was never really into Ozzy, but I can respect him, and particularly for that comment.
    No, not everybody can do that, not everyone can be Steve Vai or Paul Gilbert, but the same goes for the soulful players who didn't particularly emphasize technicality and suffered for it (Slash?. Skill and soul are just two sides of the same coin, body and mind. There are plenty of guys out there who can play 32nd note sextuplets and also plenty of guys who write a moving song but there aren't many who can do both at the same time.
    Mobby32
    There are plenty of guys out there who can play 32nd note sextuplets and also plenty of guys who write a moving song but there aren't many who can do both at the same time.
    and as young guitarists we should always try for this
    Bruno_1995
    Eternal Decay wrote: There are plenty of guys out there who can play 32nd note sextuplets and also plenty of guys who write a moving song but there aren't many who can do both at the same time.
    Jimmy Page came to my mind instantly
    raka09
    Bruno_1995 wrote: Eternal Decay wrote: There are plenty of guys out there who can play 32nd note sextuplets and also plenty of guys who write a moving song but there aren't many who can do both at the same time. Jimmy Page came to my mind instantly
    Agree
    sheriff_nein
    that technology bit is interesting. and very true, thats one thing id always liked about those albums
    thetonto
    Nowadays everyone irons the f--king air, it's all about technology.
    Says the man whos last two albums were practically cut-and-paste...seriously I hope Gus G brings a breath of fresh air to Ozzy's creativity