Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi talked about Ozzy Osbourne‘s personal career in an interview he appeared in, he also mentioned Rhoads.
Tony Iommi apparently thinks this was the best way for Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath’s guitarist also mentioned what he thought of Randy Rhoads, a legendary rock guitarist with whom Osbourne worked and produced two albums. Here’s what iconic guitarist Tony Iommi had to say about his friend’s personal career. Talking with The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Tony Iommi mentioned legendary Ozzy Osbourne‘s absence from Black Sabbath and taking his own way.
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“Well, I think it was the best thing for Oz. It was the best thing for all of us because he’d made us work again, made us all realize, ‘Blimey, we’ve got to do something here.’,” he said. It seems Iommi is pretty happy for what his former bandmate has done both for himself and the band.
He also talked about Ozzy’s personal dip, from which he recovered thanks to Sharon.
“And it was great because Sharon got Ozzy rolling again, I mean, Ozzy went through a real bad dip in himself, and he was managed to be pulled out of it, and got a good band behind him. And coming out with some good songs, it was really good. He took on another career, as we did, so we took on the career with Ron, and then Ozzy took on his career as his solo thing, which was really good. People have got two bands for the price of one, really.”
Tony Iommi’s thoughts on Randy Rhoads
“Good, yeah, he’s a good player. I didn’t really sit down and study Ozzy’s albums because I took concern with what we were doing, but when I would hear it on the radio, yeah, he’s a great player, really great player.”
Tony Iommi expressed his good thoughts towards Rhoads.
“But then again, before that, I’d heard Eddie Van Halen, so, great player. Randy was a young lad, and brilliant.”
When asked about the possibility of a show here or there, Tony Iommi did not rule out anything:
“Yeah, I don’t rule out anything at the moment, I’m quite open. And it’s great because, in this period, I enjoy everything. One of my main problems with touring all the time was I had no home life – none of us did, really – so for me, I wanted to have my home life, see my daughter and my wife, family, and everybody. So now I’m getting that chance – well, sort-of getting that chance since the pandemic – I stopped seeing my daughter and things. You couldn’t unless you’re in a bubble.”
Then he went on to say that he missed playing live, and the atmosphere of a live show.
“But yeah, I do miss playing, I miss playing live. I can play all the time here at home, but it’s nothing like a live show, there’s nothing like that stimulation. And we’ve had some great players, Vinny was great, playing with Bill, playing with Geezer and everybody, it’s been a great period. It’s had its ups and downs over the years, but you can’t take it away, I’ve stuck with it, and I enjoyed it.”