Ozzy Osbourne Looks Back at Epic Performance with Legendary Late Guitarist Randy Rhoads

by Madison Miller

As hard rock legend Ozzy Osbourne gears up for another album in the near future, he’s also reflecting on some past performances.

Recently, Osbourne shared an iconic black-and-white photo performing on stage with Randy Rhoads. Osbourne is striking a pose as Rhoads strums dramatically on his polka dot electric guitar.

Randy Rhoads was an iconic guitarist that was most known for performing for Quiet Riot and Osbourne. His black-and-white polka dot theme became an emblem during his time with Quiet Riot.

He really reached his peak as a guitarist when he performed on “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley.” Sadly, he died from a plane crash while he was on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. He has since been on several lists as one of the greatest guitarists.

Over the years, Osbourne has paid tribute to his late guitarist on many occasions. In 1987, he released the double live LP “Tribute,” which was a collection of concert recordings from the “Blizzard” and “Diary Tours.” Eventually, Rhoads also made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well.

According to Rolling Stone, Osbourne responded to this induction by stating, “It’s a long time coming, but he got there in the end. He was a great player.… I mean, the guy should be still alive. The way he died was a terrible thing. I owe my career to him.”

Rhoads and Osbourne had been quite the musical pairing.

New Ozzy Osbourne Album

In the past few years, Ozzy Osbourne has been releasing new music for his longtime fans. In 2020, he released “Ordinary Man.”

Now, Osbourne is working on his next album, which is considered a follow-up to the 2020 album. The album will have 15 tracks and will be produced by Andrew Watt once again. It’s currently a work in progress and there is no set release date or name for the album.

The new album also features an amazing, legendary lineup of popular guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Zakk Wylde, and Tony Iommi.

“It’s going to be similar in tone to ‘Ordinary Man,’ but I can’t describe it completely. I’ve not heard it for a while because it keeps going over to the next person to add their parts — we’re fu***** around with it all the time,” Osbourne said, according to Blabbermouth.

Wylde is the on-and-off guitarist for Osbourne for nearly 35 years now. He was not a part of the “Ordinary Man” album, but will be playing a major role in this next project.

“I don’t have to be involved in everything Ozz does. I’ll always be there for him and Sharon. If they call now and ask me to go over to feed their dogs for three days… I’m there,” Wylde told Louder Sound.