Why Ozzy Osbourne Has Never Been To Randy Rhoads’ Grave, His Former Guitarist Gus G. Explains
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. recently opened up about his tenure with the Black Sabbath icon during an appearance on Guitar Autopsy as well as revealing how Osbourne feels about losing his original lead guitarist Randy Rhoads who had an important role in his solo career.
As many of you know, guitarist Randy Rhoads was primarily known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne with whom Rhoads worked first two studio albums, the 1980 album ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ and the following recording, ‘Diary of a Madman,’ playing a major role in recreating former Black Sabbath lead vocalist’s legacy as a solo musician.
Unfortunately, young guitarist Randy Rhoads 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 while the tour bus stopped at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.
The unexpected and tragic passing of his guitarist and close friend deeply affected Ozzy Osbourne as he revealed during a recent interview, he stated that despite knowing Randy for only a few years, the two had an instant connection, and the time they have spent felt much longer, as well as owing him too much since he was there for Osbourne when he first started as a solo musician following his departure from Black Sabbath.
Here is what Osbourne said about Randy Rhoads:
“It’s weird, I only knew Randy for a couple of years, but it felt much longer. I felt like I knew him for my whole life. I still think about him a lot, and I do wonder what he would be doing now. I owe him a huge amount – he was the beginning of me. He wasn’t just my guitarist, he was my friend.”
During a recent interview, Gus G. who worked with Ozzy Osbourne’s band starting from 2009 until his departure in 2017, opened up about the Black Sabbath vocalist’s feelings about his late original guitarist Randy Rhoads. When asked if Osbourne doesn’t like talking about Rhoads, Gus revealed that he actually talks about him a lot, telling stories about the days they have spent together.
Gus G. strictly stated that Ozzy Osbourne was crushed by losing Randy Rhoads, therefore, it was too much for him to handle, and has never been to his grave, instead, Osbourne keeps his friend’s memory alive by mentioning and honoring the time with his loving stories to those around him.
Here is what the interviewer said:
“From what I can tell, he doesn’t really like to talk about it.”
Here is what Gus G. said:
“No, he does. We talked about him a lot and he would tell me some stories every now and then. He really loved him, of course, and to this day, he’s crushed by that.
I don’t think he’s ever been to his grave, he just can’t take it. But he’s cool. He would tell me some stories about him and how much he practiced, and how much he loved classical, and that he wanted to quit rock ‘n’ roll and go into the classical world. Ozzy likes it, he’s a good storyteller.”
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