Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert remembered the time when he attended the guitar clinic of Ozzy Osbourne’s late guitarist Randy Rhoads during a recent conversation with Kylie Olsson.
Randy Rhoads is one of the most loved guitarists in the metal scene due to his great technique of guitar playing as well as his heavy sound. Unfortunately, the iconic guitarist passed away at the age of 25 due to a plane crash.
Back in the days when Randy was playing the guitar alongside his bandmate Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Gilbert was still a teenager and luckily, he managed to join the Rhoads’ ‘Guitar Clinic.’ Nonetheless, things didn’t go as well as everybody expected.
During his conversation, Gilbert said that although everybody loved Randy’s dirty sound, for which he played with the full of the distortion effect, he didn’t have any of that in his guitar clinic because he had not brought the necessary equipment.
According to Paul, Randy only had a Marshall amplifier to work with, which you needed to turn up to dangerous volume levels in order to get the distortion sound, and therefore, he had to play with the clean sound.
Because of that, Randy couldn’t play anything related to metal music. In fact, Paul revealed that Randy barely played his guitar. Instead of playing the guitar with a clean sound, he decided to talk and share his experiences and knowledge with the upcoming guitar players.
Paul Gilbert recalled attending Andy Rhoads’ guitar clinic using the following words:
“Yeah, well, it was really a crazy coincidence because I grew up in a small town called Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and the only guitar clinic that Randy ever did was in Greensburg, Pennsylvania!
I couldn’t believe it when the local music store arranged it. I knew the guys at the music store, they said, ‘Yeah, Randy’s going to come and do a clinic.’ I’m like, ‘What?!’ So I went in and watched, and I have to say that the clinic was disappointing… The show that night, I went to the Ozzy show that night and that was amazing! Totally great.
But at the clinic, he didn’t have any distortion. He had a Marshall amp, and it was an amp that in order to get distortion, he had to turn it up to dangerous volume levels. So he just had a clean sound. People would say, ‘Can you show us something…?’ and he wouldn’t.
The thing I loved about Randy was all the distortion stuff and he didn’t have the equipment to really demonstrate that. So he mostly just talked. As a person he was wonderful, he was friendly and nice, and willing to share anything, but he really didn’t play much and so that’s why it was disappointing – he barely played.”
You can listen to the full interview below.