The Prince Of Darkness gave an interview to the publication in time for his just-out solo album, Patient Number 9. A number of cut interview topics – including Rhoads’ opinion of Van Halen – made it onto a follow-up article.
Ozzy weighed in on Van Halen’s claims of greatly influencing Rhoads as a guitarist.
“I heard recently that Eddie said he taught Randy all his licks … he never,” Ozzy said.
“To be honest, Randy didn’t have a nice thing to say about Eddie. Maybe they had a falling out or whatever, but they were rivals.”
Ozzy was referencing Van Halen’s 1982 phone interview with Guitar Player where once spoke about Rhoads: “He was one guitarist who was honest anyway because I read some interviews he did, and Randy said everything he did he learned from me. He was good.”
Randy Rhoads was a founding member of Quiet Riot and lent his guitar playing talents to Ozzy’s first two solo albums, 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman. The guitarist passed away in an aeroplane crash in 1982; he was just 25.
Elsewhere in the article, Ozzy spoke about catching Jimi Hendrix live with Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, whose impression of the guitar legend was “he was crap”.