Ozzy Osbourne was not a good singer and succeeded because of the musicians around him, according to Neil Carter (UFO)

During a recent interview for Rock Interview Series, the keyboardist and rhythm guitarist ofUFONeil Carter, revealed that he was never a “big fan” of the voice ofOzzy Osbourne.

The musician claimed that Osbourne’s solo career would not have been as successful without the musicians he has worked with over the years.

During his long and successful career, Carter was blessed to share the stage with Ozzy’s legendary solo band, which included the late and highly respected guitarist Randy Rhoads (who tragically died in a plane crash in 1982 during Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman tour).

When asked if he had had the opportunity to spend time with Rhoads, Carter replied: “Yes, yes, not bad, I talked to him quite often. He was a very dedicated musician, [et] he was a fantastic guy.”

Carter went on to talk about Osbourne himself: “I’ve never been a big fan of Ozzy’s voice. I like Ozzy himself, he’s a very funny guy. Watch his band perform with Tommy Aldridge, Rudy Sarzo and Don [Airey, claviériste] was great. But I have to admit, when I was watching the audience of 19-20,000 go crazy, and Ozzy stomping across the stage… I thought it was kind of weird. I never understood the appeal of Ozzy, but people love him.”

He added : “People think he’s the best ever, but he’s always had really good people on his side. If Ozzy was alone, it would be a slightly different story. He had great songwriters with him, and he had people like Bob Daisley [bassiste]who I have worked with for a long time, who wrote the lyrics.”

“His group was spectacular; the group with Randy, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge was absolutely amazing to watch. At the time, I was in awe of Randy’s game, he was so good.

UFO, the legendary group that influenced the scene Rock and Metal in the 70s and 80s, announced that they will give their last concert on October 29, 2022 in Athens, Greece. This performance will mark the end of a live career that has spanned more than 50 years.

Singer Phil Mogg had previously announced his intention to retire in 2018, saying Last Orders’ 50th anniversary concerts in 2019 would be his last. However, the group continued to perform until the pandemic put stage performances on hold.

Unfortunately, since this announcement in 2018, the group has lost several members. Paul Raymond (keyboard/guitars) died in April 2019, while founding bassist Pete Way and former guitarist Paul Chapman both died in 2020.

As a result, Mogg and drummer Andy Parker are now the only surviving members of the band’s original lineup, while Carter and Vinnie Moore provide guitars.

The last performances of the group in French-speaking lands will be at Hellfest and in Saint-Nicolas, Belgium.

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Ozzy Osbourne was not a good singer and succeeded because of the musicians around him, according to Neil Carter (UFO)


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