“D ef Leppard were opening for Blizzard Of Ozz. I was
From page 16 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
travelling with Ozzy, so I just ran into Leppard. They were a happening young band then, but everyone mixed well because they were just regular people. It’s funny looking at a picture of the group now with Pete Willis [line-up below] in it.
“The shot was taken in Fort Lauderdale; the band were playing at the Sunshine Theatre. Ozzy was on great form. I’d just spent a day at Disneyland with him – we went up Space Mountain.
“The thing about doing a line-up shot is that you have to get everyone’s attention, which is why I got Ozzy to grab his crotch, which got everyone laughing.The trick of a good photo is to get everyone to look natural, and I think one of the reasons this picture works is because everybody looks like they are really having a good time. You can see it’s a warm photo in the sense that everybody has good feelings towards each other. It was the last time I saw Randy Rhoads before he died.” (Left to right: Tommy Aldridge, Steve Clark, Rick Allen, Randy Rhoads, Joe Elliott, Ozzy Osbourne, Rick Savage, Rudy Sarzo, Pete Willis.) Def Leppard headline on Friday (June 10) bill at this year’s Download festival. Line-up and other information at www.downloadfestival.co.uk