A long lost Randy Rhoads interview by Journalist John Stix has surfaced in the current free online edition of iGuitar Magazine. Rhoads reveals that while he loved playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, he found the limitations of his heavy metal show frustrating, and hoped to move far beyond them. There is some great questions asked by Stix, with Rhoads offering revelations that I had never heard up to this point.
Rhoads said: “Everything happens so fast in this band that I haven’t had enough time to really think what I want to do.
For instance, I do a solo live and I do a lot of these things that Eddie Van Halen does, and it kills me that I do that. It’s just flash – it impresses the kids and I’m trying to make a name as fast as I can. I wish I could take time and come up with something that nobody has done. Unfortunately, it will take me a few years.”
Stix asked Rohoads if he was able to achieve anything that made him proud, with Rhoads replying: “I can’t. I experimented with a few things and tried to get some classical things in, but I couldn’t get it in with this set. It calls for flash. The kids aren’t interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldn’t impress them. Ozzy has an incredible following with his audience and most of his kids want non-stop.”
It has been reported that Rhoads was not a fan of Black Sabbath and that he didn’t know why Osbourne hired him – especially since he only got to tune up at his audition before being offered the job. His favorite songs were Revelation (Mother Earth) and Mr. Crowley, because of the classical influence.
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