Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee spoke in an interview with David Slavković from Ultimate-Guitar and revealed the favorite guitarist of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne.
He said that ‘we don’t get to hear anything else from Randy’. Here’s the statement:
“Um… No, I can’t do that. I really don’t like comparing guitar players. After you get to a certain level, it really is…
Well you did say favorite, you didn’t say ‘best.’ [Laughs] Because best would be impossible. It all depends on your taste and personal preferences. Favorite…
Well, Randy. I’m discounting myself of course. Zakk’s incredible and he’s done some really good stuff, but Randy, for no other reason than that it was Ozzy’s first thing out of Sabbath and Randy’s style and playing really kicked it up to where he couldn’t be ignored. And we don’t get to hear anything else from Randy. So that makes it special for me.”
On differences between Zakk Wlyde and Randy Rhoads, he said:
“I think he ended up being a better fit with Ozzy than I ever was. Although I’ll say, he would have never worked right away, despite the fact that he would have been too young. I don’t think his style of playing or even his look would work immediately after Randy [Rhoads]. Because it would have been a little bit too similar. And what Ozzy needed right after Randy was something different but as good in a different way. At least visually, I was completely different from Randy.
And playing-wise, I was fairly different from Randy too. And he [Ozzy] had to have something like that to establish himself as a credible presence on the music scene, not depending on any one particular guitar player or even style or look. So I do think I was a perfect guy to come in after Randy. And I do think Zakk was the perfect guy to come in after me. And he did it with a bang.
I was hoping, a little piece of me was hoping [Ozzy’s first album with Zakk, 1988’s] ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ was gonna kind of suck. [Laughs] You can’t help it. You want to – ‘Oh, look, he’s not as good without me.’ But it was an incredible record. And kudos to Zakk, he did a great job.”
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