Randy Rhoads


Randall William Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. Despite his relatively short career, Rhoads is a major influence on neo-classical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists and is included in several "Greatest Guitarist" lists.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on December 6, 1956.
1958 1 Year Old In 1958, father William left the family when Randy was 1 year and 5 months old and remarried, and all three children were subsequently raised by Delores, who also opened a music school in North Hollywood in 1949 called Musonia to support the family. … Read More


1971 14 Years Old Rhoads' brother states that a 1971 Alice Cooper concert the pair attended was a defining point in the guitarist's life, saying "I think that kind of showed him what he could do with his talent." … Read More


1979 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  When she asked him if he would accept "an offer like this one", the guitarist replied "Of course!" Rhoads got the call for the audition just before his final show with Quiet Riot in September 1979. … Read More
1981 24 Years Old …  Kerslake has maintained that Rhoads almost left Osbourne's band in late 1981 due to his displeasure with the firing of Kerslake and Daisley. "He didn't want to go (on tour with Osbourne). … Read More
1982 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Rhoads played his last show on Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. … Read More
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