Rudy Sarzo (Quit Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake)
When did you first hear Randy Rhoads play guitar?
I first heard Randy play when I saw Quiet Riot performing in 1976 at the Hollywood hot spot The Starwood. After the show I grabbed singer Kevin DuBrow and complemented the band, especially their guitarist, and told them he was destined to be a star. Guess I underestimated Randy’s potential since he went on to become a legend.
What’s your favorite Randy Rhoads song or guitar solo?
I have so many but the first song that comes to mind is “Mr. Crowley” since it’s both melodic and heavy, which is a trademark of Randy’s composing genius.
What do you think was his impact was on guitar playing?
He defined a new generation of shredders, not only as a soloist but just as important was his rapid fire rhythm guitar playing. Just listen to any of his Ozzy records, no one had played rhythm guitar like that before him but most of today’s metal guitarist do ever since.