Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo talked about the time when Randy Rhoads joined Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo band and revealed Ozzy’s special request from Rhoads during a recent appearance on Talking Wax.
Randy Rhoads was playing for Quiet Riot before joining Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, and they released two studio albums ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and ‘Diary Of A Madman.’ Unfortunately, Randy passed away at the age of 25 due to a plane crash in 1982.
In the recent conversation he joined, Rudy pointed out that Randy was all about having freedom on what he is going to write and play instead of doing what the record company says how they should create a record.
Furthermore, Rudy stated that Randy actually asked what Ozzy wants him to do when he joined the band. Apparently, Ozzy only wanted him to be Randy Rhoads, which opened up the infinite possibilities for the band.
As Rudy said, this conversation made Randy go deep into his classical musical roots, which could be seen in the debut record. It can also be seen as an explanation of why his works with Ozzy Osbourne were so successful.
Rudy Sarzo talked about Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne:
“So here you have Randy that has to leave L.A. in 1979 to go join Ozzy, and then all of a sudden he realizes, ‘Oh my there is a scene, there’s a future in this what I’m doing!’
Plus the fact that now Randy is free to play really what Randy is all about, not just what the record companies want from you, telling you, ‘Well, if you come back with the demo, that sounds like this record, that’s in the chart… we’ll come and see you guys play locally.’
Otherwise, they weren’t even gonna bother. So here’s Randy now, ‘I’m making a record, I’m going to make this music.’ And he actually asked Ozzy, ‘What do you want me to write?’ And Ozzy says, ‘Be yourself.’
Which meant now Randy is going deep into his classical musical roots, or like on the first record, there’s a lot of those riffs that are actually Quiet Riot-like riffs, parts of songs, and so on. So Randy starts playing in England and I joined the band…”
You can check out the conversation below.