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Night Ranger's Brad Gillis & Quiet Riot's Rudy Sarzo Look Back at The Making of Ozzy's Speak of The Devil in '82

Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice sat down and spoke with Night Ranger's guitarist Brad Gillis and Quiet Riot's Bassist Rudy Sarzo at this year's M3 Rock Festival on May 5, 2024.

Both artists spoke to The Metal Voice about their time with Ozzy Performing and recording the live album 'Speak of the Devil'.

Brad Gillis interview here

Rudy Sarzo Interview

When asked why Ozzy's Live album 'Speak of the Devil' (1982)  has stood the test of time despite being put together so quickly 

Brad Gillis

"We kind of took it to the next level and maybe overplayed. The timing was right. The sound was good. I ended up having this stereo set up with slight delay on my guitar. I cranked my amp to freaking 10 man, the speakers were singing.  I still sign these records all the time  and love that people still enjoy that record, it was a time in my life that I'll never forget. We had to get it together (rehearse) because it was live. You realize when you do a live show with a band you're rehearsing  before you record that live show for release.  So these songs were new for us to play live and we got it together. Ozzy never even showed up (rehearsal); he was never even there.  So we got it together. We just kind of overplayed it cuz there were no rules back then."

When asked if he mapped out his solos on Speak of the Devil

Brad Gillis

No. I'm off the cuff with that stuff. Tony Iommi was a great player and the stuff he came out with was so Innovative back then. He started heavy metal pretty much. But  I would definitely stick to some of the classic things he did but like I said then I go nuts and Rudy (Sarzo) would go nuts. And  we kind of turned into a kind of a live jam band at a few points on the 'Speak of the devil' record . Max Norman did pick the best out of the sound checks and the two live shows for the record but the mix was huge and my guitar tone was huge. It was the time in our life that everything was you just do want and just do it well." 

When asked about the Legacy of Ozzy's Live 'Speak of the Devil' album that Rudy Sarzo played on


"This is before Pro Tools and it was actually live you know, when you hear at least the band playing. I don't know what happened as far as the vocals go. I gave notice that I was leaving Ozzy immediately after I recorded that. It's the authenticity which you really don't hear that much in modern music nowadays. Where there's no click track, there's no triggers, there's no overdubs there's no AI. It's just four guys on stage playing, that's it .There was a race between Ozzy and Black Sabbath to release the record one before the other. These are the songs that we were given to play and it was my job to do the best job that I could within the time frame that we had to learn those songs. "

Speak of the Devil is a live album by English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, released in November 1982. It is a double album consisting entirely of live renditions of songs originally recorded by Osbourne's previous band Black Sabbath. The album was entitled Talk of the Devil in the UK, that being the more commonly expressed idiom there.

In the UK, it was the second of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1983.

Speak of the Devil was released one month before Osbourne's former band, Black Sabbath, released their own live album entitled Live Evil, a situation which contributed to a growing rivalry between the two camps. In the US, sales of Speak of the Devil were much better than those of Live Evil, while in the UK it was Live Evil which attained the higher chart-placing: figures on ultimate sales are not widely available.


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