Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society’s lead guitarist Zakk Wylde opened up about the Prince of Darkness’ late guitar player Randy Rhoads during a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. According to Wylde, Rhoads wasn’t a huge fan of Black Sabbath, which allowed Osbourne to create his own sound with him.

As some of you might know, Randy Rhoads was a turning point in Ozzy Osbourne’s music career. Following his departure from Black Sabbath, Ozzy formed a brand new band named Blizzard of Ozz in 1979, including former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy. It is generally accepted that the duo started the band, thus founding the singer’s successful solo career.

They released their eponymous debut studio album in September 1980, and it is regarded as one of the greatest metal albums of all time. The second and last album Ozzy put out with Randy was ‘Diary of a Madman‘ in November 1981. This album was also praised by fans and critics thanks to Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work.

Unfortunately, the young guitarist passed away in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, at the age of 25, after tour bus driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane without permission. The incident happened while the tour bus stopped at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.

During a recent interview, Zakk Wylde opened up about the importance of Rhoads in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career. According to him, their musical collaboration worked so well for the singer’s image as a solo musician because Rhoads didn’t like Black Sabbath and thus, wasn’t influenced by them.

Furthermore, Wylde pointed out that some of the tracks in ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ such as ‘No Bone Movies’ show how Rhoads drew inspiration from his former band Quiet Riot rather than Ozzy’s ex-group, Black Sabbath.

In his own words, Wylde said:

Randy didn’t like Sabbath at all. So, from the world he was coming from and where Ozzy is coming from, the fact that he didn’t like Black Sabbath at all, and wasn’t influenced by Sabbath or anything like that, is really how that soup worked.

There was a ton of Ozzy material before they turned into Ozzy songs. The major riff in ‘Crazy Train’ and everything like that with the A-E-D-A, where it goes all major and everything like that, that was Quiet Riot kind of stuff.”

You can listen to the interview below.