Zakk Wylde Says Randy Rhoads Didn’t Like Black Sabbath

Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde joined an interview with Guitar Player during which he claimed it’s rather unbelievable that Randy Rhoads didn’t really like Black Sabbath.

Randy Rhoads was a talented guitarist who reached the peak of his career as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career. During his tenure in the band, he performed on hit tracks including ‘Crazy Train’ and ‘Mr. Crowley’ from the ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ album. His riff in ‘Crazy Train’ is considered amongst the well-known heavy metal guitar riffs.

After ending his career with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne attempted to form his own band in 1979. It was at this time when Rhoads’ Quiet Riot bandmate Rudy Sarzo convinced him to audition for Ozzy. Following that, Rhoads agreed to do so and joined Osbourne’s solo band. After a short career with Ozzy, the guitarist tragically died in a plane crash in 1982.

Considering Randy Rhoads as a huge influence on his guitar-playing style, Zakk Wylde also played for Ozzy Osbourne. He joined Ozzy’s band after Brad Gillis and Jake E. Lee, who had replaced Rhoads as the lead guitarist. Wylde then left the band at the time he considered joining Guns N’ Roses.

In the interview by Guitar Player, the host Mark McStea told Zakk Wylde that it must’ve been his dream to join Ozzy Osbourne as he was a big Blach Sabbath fan while Randy Rhoads didn’t really like playing Sabbath songs. As a response, Wylde said it’s crazy Rhoads didn’t like Black Sabbath as he thought everyone liked the band. Moreover, he argued this might be the reason Rhoads played that well as he came from a different direction.

During the conversation, Guitar Player‘s Mark McStea told Zakk Wylde the following:

“You were always a huge Sabbath fan, and you even have your own tribute band, Zakk Sabbath. I guess it must have been a dream come true for you to hook up with Ozzy, whereas, ironically, Randy Rhoads never actually liked playing the Sabbath songs.

Zakk Wylde then responded:

“Yeah, totally. It’s kind of crazy that Randy didn’t like Black Sabbath, I thought everybody liked Black Sabbath. But then again, I think that’s the reason that Randy worked so well because he came from a completely different direction and a completely different set of influences.

I was always a Sabbath freak, and I still am. What is hilarious is that when I was 15, I was playing Sabbath songs at keg parties, and now I’m 54 years old and I’m still playing Sabbath songs at keg parties. Though I guess the crowds are a little bigger. “

Since 2014, Wylde has been playing with his own Black Sabbath cover band named Zakk Sabbath. Playing guitar and handling the vocal duties, Wylde performs along with Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson and Joey Castillo in the band.