Oh Randy Randy Randy , The world has lost an awesome musician and human being . Thank you for the laughter and great memories Randy - there are so many ! You will always have a place in my heart and the musical soundtrack of my life . Deepest sympathy to your family , friends , and fans ......
Rock on Randy, Lita Ford
To my dear friend, brother and other half; through all the ups and downs, great times and sad times, holidays, normal days, vacation trips and work trips, arguments and celebrations, I will never be able to experience anything again without thinking of you. You will always be a positive presence to so many people that you will remain a legend among us far into the future. I love you bro' Phil Soussan
All of us at Zildjian were saddened by Randy's passing last week. He was a good friend and brother to us, and we will miss him sorely. We saw him at this year's NAMM show and he was in great spirits. I first met Randy in the summer of 1989 (I had just joined Zildjian) and he was touring with Ozzy. What an amazing player! We immediately hit it off and remained good friends throughout the years. We just recently discovered we share the same birthday. He was one of THE GREAT rock drummers, as well as a great soul. God Bless you Randy - Love your friends at Zildjian.
I met Randy a bunch of times, even jammed with him last year when he was playing with a Latino band in a tiny little house in LA. He was such a nice guy and he will be missed.....
He was a great talent with a kind soul that lives forever in our hearts. We will miss you Randy. Mark slaughter
Paul D Blazek
From your neighbor, bandmate and dear friend. I will always hear your heavy hits on the skins around the compound. Randy I love you dearly.
Juan Croucier (Ratt)
Randy, was a great person as well as a great musician. Warm hearted, kind, respectful, a loving soulful person. He was always in a good mood. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. I toured with him a couple times. One time, when he was opening for us (Ratt) in Lita Ford's band and another time when we were opening for him, when he was in Ozzy's band. He was a true professional. He was one of those individuals that loved music deeply. He sacrificed a lot to be a musician. I have nothing but deep respect, love and admiration for him. There are only a few musicians I feel this way about. I will miss him dearly. I'm glad that I have so many good memories of him. I will keep them in my heart. Randy, it was great to be a part of your life and I'm glad you touched my life. Thank you and God bless you my friend, Juan
I only met Randy a 2 times but I was a huge fan. In Denver Co. Around 1975-78, I use to go watch Randy play in a band called the Wumblies. He was truly ahead of his time. His instinct for rythm,level of skill, and showmanship were absolutly influential to most rock drummer of today, whether they know it or not. God Bless you man! Kip Winger
I've known Randy for more than 15 years and I've always found him to be a sincere gentleman at all times. A spiritual being with an amazing talent. He will be missed by many. "On and on the rain will say how fragile we are" With sympathy, Chuck Wright (Montrose, House Of Lords, Quiet Riot)
SADLY WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GREAT SOUL & DRUMMER...
I FIRST MET RANDY IN 84 AFTER HE LEFT LITA FORD'S BAND/ HE WAS VERY OPEN & GRACIOUS TO ME WE BECAME FRIENDS RIGHT OFF & HE RECOMMENDED ME TO REPLACE HIM IN LITA'S BAND HE HELPED SEND ME ON MY PATH IN MUSIC HE WAS AN INFLUENTIAL DRUMMER TO ME & MANY OTHERS !!!
THE GREAT QUALITY RANDY HAD WAS HIS DOWN TO EARTH ATTITUDE & ALWAYS POSTIVE OUTLOOK HE HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE EVERY TIME I EVER SAW HIM...
A CLASS ACT A GREAT SPIRIT IN THE SKY PEACE & LOVE RANDY YOU HAVE LEFT BEHIND MANY FRIENDS WHO WILL MISS YOU
God bless you, Randy. Rest in peace. Love & Respect, Billy Sheehan
The passing of Randy Castillo truly reminds me just how precious life is. Randy was a good friend and offered his incredible talents to the song "I'd Die For You." He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all of his family and friends.
Randy was a good friend, a very cool person, and a very influential drummer for many years who did more in his lifetime than most. It saddens me that such a nice guy, who we all thought beat cancer, was taken from us, while people that should never have been born in the first place still walk among us! Thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family.
Scotti Hill, Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo, Jonny Solinger, Phil Varone - Skid Row
Rock and Roll lost a great drummer and an all around cool person. We in SKID ROW are extremely saddened by the loss of our friend Randy Castillo. He was as solid of a person as he was a drummer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. We'll miss ya bud.
Just a note to say how sorry I am to hear of Randy's passing. He was one of the few truly nice persons in the music business, and a wonderful drummer.
I met Randy in 1980 while we were both playing in various bands in Hollywood, especially at the Starwood. In all of the twenty-two years that passed, not once did I ever hear him say anything bad about anyone, and he never lost his enthusiasm when talking drums.
Each time we would run into each other, the conversation quickly turned to drums. What snare drums we liked, what microphones sounded best, and of course, how to get that Bonham kick drum sound. I'd like to think that Randy is up in Heaven trading 8's with John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Tony Williams. I'm sure he's holding his own and showing them a trick or two.
May God Bless him and keep him in his light, and may his family find comfort in knowing that there is a new angel in heaven and his name is Randy Castillo.
I am absolutly devistated....... Randy was not only very well respected and loved by me and so many others for the talent that God blessed him with, but even more because Randy's always had a heart of gold.....he was a true friend, he was someone that was never to busy to stop and embrace life with ya, he would always take the time out even if it was just to say hi, or to crack a joke with ya, just to see ya smile. Eventhough Randy is gone, he will never be forgotten.....God Bless you Randy. My heart goes out to the Castillo family.
I love ya bro.
Jimmy D' Anda
Good Bye Brother, jimmy D'Anda
Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth)
I read the news today of Randy Castillo. We didn't know each other very well, but I would run into him from time to time. Whether it be in Mexico in a club or at a photo shoot in LA. Every time I ran into him, he was warm and friendly. We spoke at a photo shoot before the Maximum Rock tour in the spring of 2000. We were looking forward to hanging out over the summer. Unfortunately, this never happened because of his health. There is a kinship amongst all drummers. It makes me sad that we won't be hearing him play anymore. May he rest in peace.
Paul Gilbert (Racer X , Mr. Big)
Rest in Peace, Randy.
I just heard and I am shocked about RANDY'S passing. He was a great fellow drummer and the nicest guy. I just saw him at the Areosmith concert he looked great and his attitude was great...I was so pleased to see him then ,it was the first time that I seen him since he had gotten sick ....I was so happy he was working on a new project ...he looked young and healthy..May he rest in peace...I will certainly miss him ....love Carmine Appice
I can not believe Randy is gone.So many of our friends that we all grew up with musically have moved on lately. Randy was one of the friendliest most outgoing musician and person i had ever come across. I had heard that he was fully recovered so, I just assumed everything is ok.Thats what i get for assuming and now i cant call him to check up on him.NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING EVER!!!!!!!!! Randy Was Awsome Love, Tracii
I am heartbroken about the passing of one of my dearest friends. I will see you on the other side Randy. I love you. Ozzy
There is a huge hole in my heart.
You used to joke around with me all the time, saying that we had 'dented halo's'. I'll miss you my friend, and I love you.
Chuck Billy (reprinted
Today when I heard of Randy's passing, I was very saddened. Randy and I became friends on [TESTAMENT's] Low tour eight years ago. He was a great guy all the way around.
When Randy heard of my diagnosis with cancer, he was one of the first e-mails I received. He had just finished his chemotherapy and was offering his friendship, love, and support in any way I needed it.
Along with the rest of the world, I will miss [Randy] very much. I will miss his cheerful personality. He always made me feel good when we were together. Always reminding me of our Indian brotherhood.
My family extends their love to his.
RIP. Chuck Billy