space
space
head
head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
COMICS   •   MOVIES   •   MUSIC   •   TELEVISION   •   GAMES   •   BOOKS
Remembering Rock Drummer Randy Castillo
space
Obi-Dan   |  
space

Rock drummers are a notorious breed. They are constantly the butt of many jokes, which many have come to deserve. But there are a few who sidestep the stereotype, playing on some of the greatest songs and albums in rock history, who deserve their well-earned level of respect. Fewer still deserve as much respect as Randy Castillo.

Born Randolpho Francisco Castillo on December 18, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Castillo first came to prominence when he performed on the Lita Ford album Dancin’ On The Edge.

Castillo was best known as the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne’s band from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. He played on The Ultimate Sin in 1986, which was the final album to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee. He also played on the first two Ozzy albums which included Lee’s successor, the young Zakk Wylde: No Rest For The Wicked and No More Tears, as well as the two live albums Just Say Ozzy (which also featured Ozzy’s ex-Black Sabbath bandmate, bass player Geezer Butler) and Live and Loud.

He would later go on to replace Tommy Lee for the Mötley Crüe album New Tattoo. Sadly, in more ways than one, this would prove to be Castillo’s final album recording.

It was during preparation for the New Tattoo tour that Castillo suffered a ruptured stomach ulcer and had to undergo emergency surgery. During this time of recuperation, Castillo developed a cancerous lump on his jaw. Despite going into remission for a short time the cancer returned.

Randy Castillo died nine years ago today on March 26, 2002 at aged 51.

When Tommy Lee left Mötley Crüe the band needed not only someone who could drum out of their skin, but also a big stage presence. Randy Castillo was the perfect fit. While New Tattoo may not be a favourite album among us Mötley Crüe fans, it still holds up as a decent, if unspectacular, album.

A lot of fuss was made of frighteningly talented young guitarist Zakk Wylde joining Ozzy’s band. Castillo’s faultless drumming provided the platform for Wylde to show off his axemanship. One of my favourite Ozzy albums is No More Tears, which, for me, showcases this point better than all. Castillo co-wrote most of the songs on that album, including the iconic “No More Tears,” opening track “Mr. Tinkertrain” and “S.I.N.” proving that not only was Castillo a great drummer, but also an accomplished songwriter.

Ozzy Osbourne – Mr. Tinkertrain

Randy Castillo 1950-2002

space
Topics: Music, News, Obit
space
Previous Article
space
Next Article
«
»
space
space
space
Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr space
Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed space
space
Amazon.com
space
space
space
space
space
space
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Westworld Podcast
space
2520 Clothing Company
space
2019  ·   2018  ·   2017  ·   2016  ·   2015  ·   2014  ·   2013  ·   2012  ·   2011  ·   2010  ·   2009  ·   2008  ·   2007  ·   2006  ·   2005
space
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2018 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted
space
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
space
About | Privacy Policy | Contact
space