Loving Memory of Randy Castillo
appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, April 5, 2002
Randy Castillo, 51; Drummer with Heavy Metal Bands
Times Staff Writer
Rocker, Biker, Survivor
Crossroads Issue #26 January/February 2002
Castillo, a popular drummer with leading heavy metal acts, most notably
Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue, has died. He was 51.
Castillo died March 26 at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle
with cancer. Born in Albuquerque, he began playing music at a young
age. Initially he tried the trumpet but lost interest and turned to
By the time he was in high school, Castillo was playing in local bar
bands at night and distinguishing himself in school bands as well.
As a senior, he was named to the All State symphonic band. After high
school, he played in a number of bands that toured the Southwest,
performing in bars and at high school dances. Castillo emerged as
a drummer with the Motels briefly in the early 1980s and then with
Lita Ford's band.
He joined Osbourne in 1986 and played with him for long periods over
the next 13 years. Castillo participated in several Osbourne albums,
including "The Ultimate Sin" and "No Rest for the Wicked",
and appeared on three DVDs, including the documentary "Don't
Blame Me". After leaving Osbourne, Castillo toured with Motley
Crue, replacing Tommy Lee. Castillo toured with the band until he
became ill with a stomach ailment. Further tests revealed an unrelated
cancer. A report on the band in The Times said Castillo made a positive
addition to the group. "Part of their renewed strength as a band
has to do with the addition of drummer Castillo," the article
Over the years, he appeared with other bands, including the Wumblies
and the Offenders.
Castillo is survived by his mother and three sisters, all residents
Crossroads article written by Hollywood had just come out and Randy
was stoked. He had beaten his cancer, believing the demons were behind
him. He was getting a lot of press on his come-back and he was excited
to be making music again.
When I think about Randy, three things come to mind quickly. The first
is of a mad man with a set of wooden sticks in his hands, smashing
the pig-skins and lighting up any room he played. The second thought
is of a man who loved to ride. Randy often made the trip on his Harley
from Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was
originally from. The third thought is of a man who was completely
down to earth in spite of the fact that he was a rock star.
We received a very positive response from readers after the story
When I got the call from Hollywood on March 27th my heart sank along
side the rest of Randy's family, friends and fans around the world.
"Hi, my name's Christina probably known better as Ice. I'm Randy
Castillo's surviving girlfriend and I feel like taking this chance
to cherish the memories I have of him and to thank him for the great
lesson he taught me.
His passion for living life to the fullest and his will of trying
even if it meant taking risks, his kind spirit and sense of freedom
are what drove me to him and his courage and positive attitude even
in the darkest of the moments are what's inspiring me when I wake
up and I have to face another day without the comfort and security
of his presence
Ultimately I want to thank you Randy for giving me my dreams back
and teaching me what loving and being loved in returned really means.
I hope to be granted the necessary strength to live my life keeping
all of this in my heart. So that when we are to be reunited you will
be able to be as proud of me as I am of you.
I love you Randy."
I sit at my computer and try to think of some super fabulous way of describing
what a great human being Randy was and how great of a friend he was, the
only thing I could think of was the first time I met him. Every time I saw
him after that I did not know that he was a Rock Star. He was like any hard
riding brother I have ever met. He was humble and cool. Even when we all
met him on the tour bus before an Ozzy show he introduced us to the entire
band including Ozzy like we were his family. At a gathering in his house
he always made sure we all had something to drink and if we were going to
smoke he lit it for us. He would hang with anyone and swap stories about
anything at anytime. Randy was never pretentious, never a Rock Star always
The thing I hated watching was his last 5 to 6 weeks. The cancer got into
his jaw and mouth and locked it up. It had changed his voice as well. He
could hardly speak. The one thing that echoes through my head is when I
asked him if he had a cold, and he explained the pain and the fact that
he could not swallow anything and how he had to lean his head back to let
things trickle down his throat. Then he said, I'm living in hell right now.
The next day he went into the hospital for what was to be 2 days but turned
out to be like 4 or 5. The next call I got was from his neighbor Jeremy
telling me Randy had died at home, this afternoon. What can you say when
you loose someone who was a close friend who really was famous and never
acted that way? I tell you what you say, you cry to yourself. Another good
friend lost to cancer. Sometimes life just sucks!
Keep riding hard you never know when the road will end for you.
18th 1950 - March 26th 2002
Rest in Peace. In our Heart, You'll Always Be.
I met Randy a few years ago & I am glad to have had this chance,
because he was one of those people that reached out to me & touched
me. He wanted to share his art with the world.
From this, http://www.fcukingcontagious.net appeared on the internet
& will continue to be, I guarantee.
Thank you Randy to have been such an inspiration to me, I will miss
you. Bless your soul to rest in peace.
Good Bye. Ce n'est qu'un au revoir
- Nathalie Salome
Castillo is the apotheosis of mankind. Truly, a gentleman; a friend
through & through. Randy is an amazing inspiration and he is eternally
inspired. His Cloak of Creativity was worn inside out. He had nothing
to hide as a man, as a friend, as a mate.
Randy's nature was transcendent; yes, supreme. Incomparable. We can
only hope to be more like him. His musical accomplishments speak for
themselves; it was his heart, his art, his perseverance, and his nature
that made him whole.
I will do my best to share my admiration and respect for Randy with
all who care to listen. So long, for now, as coming this far has taken
me 12 hours and 42 days.
MUCH LOVE and RESPECT to ALL,
& severely the mortal heart breaks
Startling & sure shot as thunder BOOMiNG
Valleys echo nothing and reverberate
A tree falls soundlessly when no one hears it
The heart screams, regardless, as it falls apart
Silent cries of Why fall aside
Into trenches carved by restless acceptance;
I repeat over and over THiS, TOO, SHALL
The devil offers to conduct this symphony of sadness
Louder than Evil, Bigger than Life.
Your Beauty Reigns!
ALMiGHTY teardrops, creed or chaos,
Crushed hearts become Grapes of Heaven;
the cup runneth over with DiViNE WiNE.
Your immortality will remain a calamity here,
- Stefanie Berryman Michaels
& pics published in Crossroads Magazine October/November Issue