Dokken guitarist George Lynch talked about Ozzy Osbourne’s mistake while hiring band members during a recent appearance on Waste Some Time With Jason Green.
George auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band twice decades ago. However, he lost the spot to the legendary late guitarist Randy Rhoads in 1979. After three years, he tried out his luck once again.
In 1982, the veteran guitarist auditioned to replace Brad Gills. Even though Ozzy hired him for three days, he decided to continue with Jake E. Lee, who got fired in 1987 and was replaced by Zakk Wylde.
During the conversation, George talked about why Ozzy has been in favor of hiring young guitarists, although he is about 70 years old, and stated that this doesn’t make sense for him.
As George said, Ozzy should hire a guitarist closer to his age, who comes from the same place as him because that’s what people want to hear instead of some shred and fast-picking guitarist playing on stage.
George Lynch on Ozzy Osbourne’s mistake:
“If you’re a classic, legacy, blues-based, hard rock band, that’s what you want, you want that guy. And whether it’s me or somebody else, I don’t understand why these older cats go for the young guys.
Like Ozzy, or Ronnie James Dio hiring an 18-year old guitar player, and he’s like 70 – that doesn’t make any sense.
Dude, get guys your age that come from the same place. And that’s what people want to hear too. I want to hear, like, Deep Purple, I don’t want to hear some shred guy in Deep Purple, I want Blackmore, I want to hear those songs, and I want to hear that.”
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