Ozzy's Guitarist Prefers Black Sabbath
"I'm a huge Black Sabbath fan. I'm a bigger Sabbath fan than Ozzy fan, to be honest," he told Guitar Player magazine. "Not to put any of Ozzy's music down, because I grew up with his solo records as well, and I studied all the guitar players that have played in his band. But I have a certain love for Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi. I think I totally come from that school of guitar – that traditional, heavy, hard rock guitar playing."
Gus G., also known for his work with Firewind, discussed the difficulties of playing music originally performed by Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and others. "For a Tony Iommi part, you need to sound [expletive] heavy, that's for sure," he said. "That's what Black Sabbath is all about – being heavy and dark. As for Randy, Jake [E. Lee], and Zakk [Wylde], they're all great players. I love them all and everybody was different. I grew up with that stuff so it's great just being able to play these songs. I stick to the originals the way they were recorded. I feel that I have a very important spotlight here next to Ozzy Osbourne so I need to play this music accurately because it's all classics – the stuff that defined heavy metal and hard rock. There's always a little bit of space to do your own thing obviously, but 'Crazy Train' is 'Crazy Train.' You don't [expletive] with that." - more on this story
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