Randy Rhoads Praised by Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot Bandmate Rudy Sarzo – Exclusive Video
Fans of the late, great Randy Rhoads will want to pick up 'Immortal Randy Rhoads -- The Ultimate Tribute,' which will arrive March 3 via UDR Music. To keep your mouths salivating for the tribute release, we're proud to debut this new video of bassist Rudy Sarzo, who was bandmates with Rhoads in both Ozzy Osbourne's band and Quiet Riot, speaking about Rhoads' greatness and legacy.
The clip comes from a bonus DVD that will be included with the digipack version of the album. In the video above, Sarzo is interviewed by Grammy Award-winning 'Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute' producer Bob Kulick, who also acts as host on the DVD and conducts all of the interviews with the featured artists.
The talent of Randy Rhoads seemed to come from another world. We can all hear it on every piece of music the guitarist recorded, but Rudy Sarzo got to see Rhoads become a phenom first-hand.
"He's up there with all the greats. He's an 'ism,' he's a legend," Sarzo says in the clip above. "You don't get to become a legend without having all of the fundamentals that makes a legend … If you listen to 'Blizzard of Ozz,' which was actually recorded… about six months later they recorded 'Dairy of a Madman' -- the growth, the compositional growth is incredible."
Sarzo's point of view is unique compared to anyone on this planet. The legendary bassist had the chance to record, tour and share the stage with Rhoads for many years in two separate monster acts. In the above clip, Sarzo goes on to speak of Rhoads' inner teacher, which Sarzo sees as extremely significant when speaking of Rhoads as a player.
"Talking about Randy being a teacher, if you look at any of his live photos, it always looks like he's giving a lesson to everybody in the arena, because he was never one of those guitar players that would hide what he was playing," Sarzo explains. "He always was very articulate, very clear in his presentation to the audience, because the teacher never left him."
For more fascinating recollections from Rudy Sarzo, including an incident when Rhoads accidentally snapped the neck of Sarzo's bass and a time where Rhoads tried to teach the 'Goodbye to Romance' solo to a fan on the street, watch the video above!
Hold tight for 'Immortal Randy Rhoads,' which will be unleashed on March 3. So far, a version of 'Crazy Train' from Serj Tankian and Tom Morello has been released from the album, as has a 'Mr. Crowley' cover from Testament's Chuck Billy and Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho. You can pre-order 'Immortal Randy Rhoads' right now via Amazon.