Ozzy Osbourne Shares Tribute to Guitarist Randy Rhoads: The Duos Best Rock Moments Together

by Atlanta Northcutt
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Ozzy Osbourne is paying tribute to the dynamic Randy Rhoads on social media by tweeting a photo of the two performing together.

The tweet is simply captioned: “with Randy.”

Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads

Ozzy Osbourne met Randy Rhoads at an important turning point in his life. Following his split from Black Sabbath, Ozzy made his way into the status of being a solo artist. During that time, he was introduced to a sensational American guitarist, that being Randy.

Ozzy and Randy would perform and party together, quickly becoming best friends, as well as bandmates. Even reaching as far as Ozzy referring to Randy as “his brother.”

Rhoads consistently debuted his seething guitar skills to perfectly match Ozzy’s high-strung and unpredictable persona. Fans loved the interactions between the two on stage. The pair had a keen ability to ignite a rock n’ roll fire throughout each concertgoer at every venue.

“I’ll never forget those days, even more so with that than all the years with Sabbath. The couple of years with Randy were so special,” said Ozzy.

Rhoads is of great esteem for his guitar skills, playing both rock and classical music seamlessly. His many explosive leads, precise technicality, and unique forms of expressiveness are of monumental recognition.

Lessons Learned from Rhoads’ Death

On March 19, 1982, a freak plane accident resulted in the death of Rhoads.

Tribute’s release date is five years to the day after the accident. The album encapsulated Osbourne’s first two solo efforts, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. However, Tribute mainly showcases Randy’s spectacularly innovative playing and soaring talent.

“He was such a nice guy. A very gentle man, a very tiny man… but so powerful with his instrument.,” said Osbourne.

A talented musician disappeared from the world with the loss of Rhoads, leaving Ozzy filled with devastation by the death of his “little brother.”

However, Randy Rhoads was able to inspire future guitarists around the world and showed Osbourne the meaning of a good friend.