Tom Morello, the guitarist of Rage Against The Machine, has celebrated the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne‘s iconic album, ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ while recalling the day he first heard the song, ‘Crazy Train,’ from the album.

As you may remember, paying his respects to Black Sabbath, Tom Morello has taken Instagram to express his admiration on the band’s cornerstone album, Paranoid, in its 50th anniversary in the past few days.

Most recently, Morello has proved that he’s a great fan of both the band and it’s legendary vocalist, Ozzy Osbourne, who followed a solo path later with his debut studio album, ‘Blizzard of Ozz.’ On the 40th year of its release, Tom Morello has explained his memory about the album.

Tom said that he was in a car with 4 friends the first time he listened ‘Crazy Train’ from the album on a Chicago radio station. Had to shut his friends up to make sense of what he was hearing, Morello said he was transfixed by the Herculean riff, the insane yet beautifully composed solo, and the thrilling runs within the song.

He added that this seminal rock album introduced the world to the outstanding Randy Rhoads, who became his favorite guitarist of all time by prioritizing musicianship over stardom and turned into the chief inspiration for Morello’s ludicrous 8-hours-a-day practicing schedule back in the day.

Blizzard of Ozz‘ by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Osbourne’s first release following his firing from Black Sabbath in 1979.

It is the first of two studio albums Osbourne recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. In 2017, it was ranked 9th on Rolling Stone‘s list of ‘100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.’

Here is what Tom Morello said in his recent Instagram post:

“‘Blizzard Of Ozz‘ album turns 40 today. This seminal rock album introduced the world to the outstanding Randy Rhoads. I was in a car with 4 friends the first time I heardCrazy Train‘ on a Chicago radio station.

They were all new wave fans and I had to shout ‘Shut upppp!!!‘ 3 or 4 times so I could try to make sense of what I was hearing. The Herculean riff, the insane yet beautifully composed solo, the thrilling runs within the song.”

He continued:

“I was aghast, transfixed and transformed. Got the cassette later that day and the Randy poster soon thereafter. Rhoads prioritized musicianship over stardom, took classical guitar lessons on days off on tour with Ozzy, combined the absolute perfect alloy of technical playing with raw fire jamming and remains my favorite guitarist of all time.

He was the chief inspiration for my ludicrous 8-hours-a-day practicing schedule back in the day. Rest In Peace Lee Kerslake the drummer on this great album who passed yesterday.”

You can see the post and the animated music video of ‘Crazy Train’ below.

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Blizzard Of Ozz album turns 40 today. This seminal rock album introduced the world to the outstanding @randyrhoadsofficial. I was in a car with 4 friends the first time I heard Crazy Train on a Chicago radio station. They were all new wave fans and I had to shout “SHUT UPPPP!!!” 3 or 4 times so I could try to make sense of what I was hearing. The Herculean riff, the insane yet beautifully composed solo, the thrilling runs within the song. I was aghast, transfixed and transformed. Got the cassette later that day and the Randy poster soon thereafter. Rhoads prioritized musicianship over stardom, took classical guitar lessons on days off on tour with Ozzy, combined the absolute perfect alloy of technical playing with raw fire JAMMING and remains my favorite guitarist of all time. He was the chief inspiration for my ludicrous 8 hr a day practicing schedule back in the day. Rest In Peace Lee Kerslake the drummer on this great album who passed yesterday.

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