Bassist Kelly Garni, one of the founding members of Quiet Riot, has slammed Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne over their treatment of Randy Rhoads prior to the guitar legend’s death, alleging that they “didn’t care about [Randy’s] happiness” and claiming that Ozzy “punched” Randy when Rhoads said he wanted to leave Ozzy’s band. Speaking to The-Fuze.net about his former Quiet Riot bandmate’s final days, Garni said, “Randy wasn’t happy in the end. He wanted out. There’s a lot of friction between me and Ozzy because I speak my mind about that. Him and Sharon paint this lovely picture — ‘Randy could have left any time he wanted. Whatever Randy wanted, we wanted. To see him happy — that was the most important thing.’ Bullsh**, bullsh**, bullsh**. They wouldn’t let him out of contract. They threatened him… Ozzy punched him when Randy said he wanted to leave. Two weeks before Randy died, Ozzy punched him in the face, over breakfast. They were adamant about not losing him. They didn’t care about his happiness. And who would want to let him go? The guy was a great guitar player, a nice kid, very serious…so I can’t blame him for that, but the reality of it was when it came time for him to really try to get out of that band they played hardball.”
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