Rudy Sarzo Recalls Ozzy Osbourne’s Only Expectation From Randy Rhoads


Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo revealed during a recent interview with Guitar World that Ozzy Osbourne had only one expectation from the guitarist Randy Rhoads while they were playing together.

Randy Rhoads was a notable name in the rock scene as he was known for his works with Ozzy Osbourne. He played on the first studio albums of Osbourne, including the 1980 record ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and the next one, ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Rhoads had a significant role in carrying on the former Black Sabbath vocalist’s successful solo career.

The guitarist also became a pioneer of neoclassical metal’s emergence by combining classical sounds with heavy metal. He founded Quiet Riot in 1973 along with the bassist Kelly Garni. During the group’s career, Rhoads worked with significant musicians like Kevin DuBrow and Rudy Sarzo.

Rudy Sarzo played with Rhoads in Osbourne’s band and Quiet Riot. He was not only the rocker’s bandmate but also a close friend. He was one of the names deeply affected by the guitarist’s untimely passing in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, at 25.

Recently, Sarzo recalled during an interview that Ozzy Osbourne had only one expectation from Rhoads when the guitarist started to play for him in his first albums. As the bassist revealed, Rhoads asked Osbourne to learn his expectation from him during his tenure. The Prince of Darkness wanted him to act like himself and not limit himself while creating, according to Sarzo.

Ozzy Osbourne’s expectation from Randy Rhoads, Sarzo recalled:

“He obviously didn’t need to do that with Ozzy because he was playing with a recording artist. He asked Ozzy, ‘What do you want me to write?’ And Ozzy’s reply was, ‘Just be yourself.’ Ozzy gave Randy his freedom, and that’s what came out.”

As Rudy Sarzo explained, Ozzy Osbourne only expected Randy Rhoads to reflect his musical identity and feel free during the recording process. The rocker’s expectation allowed Rhoads to create freely without trying to fit into restricted expectations. He significantly contributed to the rocker’s first two albums and his successes in this way.