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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE OZZY GUITARIST
2nd June 2011


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I think this is one of the big debates in rock. I have this debate with Metallers on a regular, probably weekly, basis with several different people.

So far this week I've had this chat three times - once with Skunkworks guitarist Alex Dickson and then with Tank guitarist Cliff Evans and now I'm having it with you (does that count?).

Everyone I've ever met agrees that Randy Rhoads' original versions of the 'Blizzard Of Oz' and 'Diary Of A Madman' tracks are pure genius, never to be bettered. But on the question of which guitarist after him in Ozzy's band interpreted those solos best, opinion is divided.

Alex Dickson was leaning towards Jake, while Cliff was keen on Bernie Tormé.

The thing is too, that every opinion is a very valid one. Ozzy's never had a shit guitarist. They've all been excellent and all have added something of their own to Randy Rhoads' original sound.

First let's have a look at how Randy did it. Here's the riff-fest that is 'Crazy Train'. Notice the effortless vibrato, notice the... oh, just listen to it!



After Randy's tragic death, former Gillan guitarist Bernie Tormé was called in at very short notice. He only did a handful of shows and by his own admission barely had time to learn the very complex guitar parts. What Bernie brings to the table is a wonderful feel, improvised on the spot around the themes Randy had originally written. Sadly there's no video of Bernie's short time in the band but check out this audio bootleg



Bernie didn't hang around in the band for long. His replacement was Brad Gillis, later of Nightranger fame. Again Brad's a great player brought in at short notice but listen to his insane whammy bar action...



Brad was again only a temporary replacement and next up was one of my personal favourites, Jake E Lee. At a time when guitar heroes (like the last three) were all gripping their whammy bars like their lives depended on it, Jake threw his out the window and simply mangled the guitar neck himself. This is one of his early gigs with Ozzy.



After Jake quit the band, a hot new teenage guitarist by the name of Zachary Adams was found. Under the name Zakk Wylde he remained as Ozzy's longest serving guitarist and to many he is the ultimate Ozzy guitar hero. Let's see an early gig of his.



Zakk did a bit of "maybe I'm in the band and maybe I'm not" type stuff later on and Ozzy started looking for new guitarists. One he tried out was Testament's Alex Skolnick. As far as I know Skolnick only did one show with Ozzy (at Nottingham Rock City). There's no video of the show, but check out this audio; they're fairly racing through the track...



The next in the long queue of Ozzy axemen is another favourite of mine, a former student of Randy Rhoads, it's Joe Holmes...



Ozzy's most recent recruit is Firewind guitarist Gus G. He's stepping in some pretty big shoes by now isn't he? But look at him, he's awesome too...



So who's the best out of that lot? Very difficult to tell isn't it? Here's my own personal top five;

1. Randy Rhoads
Tthe original and best.

2. Jake E Lee
I loved his playing with Ozzy, though he always shone more in concert than on record. That is until he formed Badlands...

3 Bernie Tormé
Such an underrated player. Check out the GMT album, Bitter and Twisted...

4. Joe Holmes
It's a shame we never got to hear an original Ozzy record from him. I thought he showed such promise but never had the chance to develop within the band.

5 Gus G
A great new find. I really look forward to hearing what Gus does with Ozzy over the next few years.

Your turn now. You can enter your top fives in Ozzy Guitarist Thread on the MetalTalk Forum. I'd be curious to know your thoughts too...

...and finally, remember it's not just a guitar hero that makes a great band, so credit where it's due...

The rest of the line up in the Randy Rhoads clip is-
Bass- Rudy Sarzo
Drums- Tommy Aldridge
Keyboards- Lindsey Bridgewater

The rest of the line-up in the Bernie Tormé clip is-
Bass- Rudy Sarzo
Drums- Tommy Aldridge
Keyboards- Don Airey

The rest of the line up in the Brad Gillis clip is-
Bass- Rudy Sarzo
Drums- Tommy Aldridge
Keyboards- Don Airey

The rest of the line up in the Jake E Lee clip is-
Bass- Bob Daisley
Drums- Tommy Aldridge
Keyboards- Don Airey

The rest of the line up in the Zakk Wylde clip is-
Bass- Geezer Butler
Drums- Randy Castillo
Keyboards- John Sinclair

The rest of the line up in the Alex Skolnick clip is-
Bass- Geezer Butler
Drums- Dean Castronovo
Keyboards- John Sinclair

The rest of the line up in the Joe Holmes clip is-
Bass- Robert Trujillo
Drums- Mike Bordin
Keyboards- John Sinclair

The rest of the line up in the Gus G clip is-
Bass- Blasco
Drums- Tommy Clufetos
Keyboards- Adam Wakeman

...and of course the one and only Ozzy Osbourne on lead vocals!


MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

April 2015: Undiscovered Kisstory: The Kiss Drummer Auditions Of 1980
March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Kiss: 'Love Gun' Deluxe Edition
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
January 2011: A Column About Columns



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