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Marq Torien On Short Stint With Ozzy Following Randy Rhoads' Death

08/18/2015
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(Classic Rock) Bulletboys frontman Marq Torien discusses his brief spell as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist in the wake of Randy Rhoads' death. Ozzy later brought in Bernie Torme as he apparently worried that Torien was too young.

Torien tells The Metal Voice: "I just consider ourselves a hard rock band. We got thrown into that mix. Tesla got thrown into that mix too. I don't consider them a hair metal band either. No disrespect, I don't like that particular wording. I don't even like grunge, I think grunge is just real rock."

He tells The Metal Voice: "Brad Gillis had just left the band and I got hired by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. I would say I was in the band a little over a month. I was very blessed and fortunate that a very close friend of mine, one of my mentors Gregg Giuffria, introduced me to Ozzy and Sharon and I got a chance to come and play at Gregg's house.

"Ozzy liked the way I played and wanted me to come and see if I could work with the band. That was big time. I was just talking with Rudy Sarzo and he was telling me, 'Marq at the time we were still really trying to get over Randy's passing and I think Ozzy thought you were still too young and he wanted to get someone else for the European tour.' I think they managed to get Bernie Torme." He also discussed his views on Bulletboys being labeled with the "hair metal" tag. Read about that and watch the full interview here.

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