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Ozzy Osbourne says David Lee Roth has 'lost a couple of nuts and bolts'

The metal legend also chimes in about the relationship between Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen

Ozzy Osbourne recently sat down with Revolver magazine to discuss his new album, Patient Number 9, and in addition to talking about the many famous guitarists – Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde – that appear on the record, he also looked back to some six-string legends from his past.

Namely, Eddie Van Halen, whose namesake band opened for Black Sabbath on the European leg of their 1978 Never Say Die! tour, when Van Halen were a hotshot young act and the Sabs were on their way down. Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy said, “was such a great guy.”

As for the band’s famously outrageous front man? "David Lee Roth, he's lost a couple of nuts and bolts,” Ozzy said. “When you meet him, it's like, 'What's wrong with him?' He's like somewhere else, you know?"

Ozzy then chimed in on the long-rumored competitive streak that existed between Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, when both were up-and-coming shredders on the Southern California music scene in the 1970s. 

While many have stated the enmity between the two guitarists has been overblown, in Ozzy’s recollection, "They were arch enemies. Randy didn't have a lot to say about Eddie. They were very, very similar guitar players. Eddie took that tapping thing to another level. Randy could do that, but he liked people like Leslie West.”

Nevertheless, he continued, "It amazes me that you get Eddie, you get Randy, and you go, 'No one's ever gonna top that.' But there's a new thing ‘round every corner."