Randy Rhoads
American guitarist
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.
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VIDEO: Ozzy Osbourne listens to lost Randy Rhoads solo - MusicRadar.com
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In the recently posted video above, Ozzy Osbourne sits in a studio and listens to an isolated take of Randy Rhoads soloing. Before filming, Osbourne hadn't heard the master tape in 30 years. The footage is featured in a documentary DVD that is part of
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God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Movie Review - Shockya.com
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Of course there is rare footage of past Black Sabbath performances, current tours and a heartfelt segment about the Randy Rhoads era. The random video tapes of Ozzy in the 80s showcases just how much of a train wreck the guy was
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Jake Dreyer Details Recording Solo Debut - Metal Underground
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Much like guitar heroes “Dimebag” Darrell Abott and Randy Rhoads before him, Dreyer has accomplished much at a young age. At 13-years old, he professionally recorded his first album and opened for nationally recognized acts. He would have joined power
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Adrenaline Mob Rules - Technorati
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And I was just a child and never got to see when guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van-Halen and Randy Rhoads began and all took it up a notch. Alas, I was starting to feel that being part of the beginning of something special just wasn't in the cards
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World Trade Center relic featured at City Hall - Lee's Summit Journal
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Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads stands with an I-beam from the World Trade Center, New York City, destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. When Lee's Summit residents visit city hall for the community-wide Sept
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Dimebag, Randy Rhoads and Tony Iommi Among Greatest Metal Guitarist Of All ... - antiMUSIC.com
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On Friday Dimebag, Randy Rhoads and Tony Iommi Among Greatest Metal Guitarist Of All Time was a top story. Here is the recap: Gibson counts down the Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time. Here are four of their picks: 9. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith
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Sam Trammell on True Blood's Emmy Shutout, His Pal Peter Dinklage, and Running ... - New York Magazine (blog)
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I was also in an Ozzy Osbourne cover band, mostly because we had a guitarist who could play Randy Rhoads's [parts]. I saw him at a newsstand at, like, two in the morning. I didn't say anything to him. I was coming off of some event
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Guys going Gaga - San Antonio Express
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For example, the band might open “Poker Face†with a Randy Rhoads-style guitar instrumental. “Sometimes we put a lot of weird stuff in, funny guitar solos,†says Greatti, speaking via phone from the band's tour van. “If you were in a serious
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Council split on new district map - Lee's Summit Journal
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That left the decision up to Mayor Randy Rhoads to break the tie. He also voted in favor of the committee's proposed map – B2. Because of the 29.2 percent increase in the population, taking the total population from 70200 in 2000 to 91364 in 2010,
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Lee's Summit settles with former resident - KCTV Kansas City
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"We have stated in the past that the City would not make any payment unless and until there was clarity regarding its legal obligations," said Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads in a news release. "These matters have now been resolved and the City is
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Ozzy Osbourne - Music News
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Of course, not only were these two albums Ozzy's first solo records, but they were also the only two Ozzy records to feature the legendary Randy Rhoads on guitar, and highlight the true talent that was lost following his death in 1982
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Music Review: Ozzy Osbourne Reissues Get It Right! - Icon Vs. Icon
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That's OK though, since the highlight of these albums has always been the unique chemistry and all-too-brief partnership of Ozzy and Randy Rhoads. The late guitarist has long been celebrated for his technical virtuosity, witness the shredding on the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Rhoads
    TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Rhoads played his last show on Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, the band was heading to a festival in Orlando, Florida. Osbourne recalls his final conversation with Rhoads that night on the bus involved the guitarist admonishing him over his heavy drinking. The last thing Rhoads said to him that night was, "You'll kill yourself, you know? One of these days." After driving much of the night, they stopped in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus while Osbourne remained asleep. On the property there was an airstrip with small helicopters and planes. Without permission, tour bus driver and ex-commercial pilot Andrew Aycock took a small Beechcraft F35 plane registered to a Mike Partin. On the first flight, Aycock took keyboardist Don Airey and tour manager Jake Duncan. He then landed and a second flight took to the air with Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood aboard. During the second flight, attempts were made to apparently 'buzz' the tour bus, where the other band members were sleeping. Aycock succeeded in making two close passes, but botched the third attempt. At approximately 10 AM, after being in the air for approximately five minutes, one of the plane's wings clipped the top of the tour bus, breaking the wing into two parts and sending the plane spiraling out of control. The initial impact with the bus caused Rhoads' and Youngblood's heads to crash through the plane's windshield.
  • 1981
    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).
    More Details Hide Details We told him we were thrown out. He said he was going to leave the band as he did not want to leave us behind. I told him not to be stupid but thanks for the sentiment," the drummer later recalled. Around this time, Rhoads remarked to Osbourne, bandmates Aldridge and Sarzo, and friend Kelly Garni that he was considering leaving rock for a few years to earn a degree in classical guitar at UCLA. In the documentary Don't Blame Me, Osbourne confirmed Rhoads' desire to earn the degree and stated that had he lived, he did not believe Rhoads would have stayed in his band. Friend and ex-Quiet Riot bassist Garni has speculated in interviews that if Rhoads had continued to play rock, he might have gone the route of more keyboard-driven rock, which had become popular through the 1980s. It was at this time that Rhoads was beginning to receive recognition for his playing. Just before his death Jackson Guitars created a signature model, the Jackson Randy Rhoads (though Rhoads had originally called his white pinstriped V "the Concorde"). Rhoads received one prototype—a black offset V hardtail that is the base for today's RR line of Jackson guitars—but died before the guitar went into production. Rhoads also received the Best New Talent award from Guitar Player magazine. While on tour with Osbourne, Rhoads would seek out classical guitar tutors for lessons whenever possible.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Rhoads flew to England on November 27, 1979, and met with Osbourne and Daisley at the Jet Records' offices in London.
    More Details Hide Details The trio traveled by train to Osbourne's home, Bulrush Cottage, which also housed a rehearsal space. It was here that Rhoads lived with Osbourne, his then-wife Thelma, and their two children, during his first weeks in England. Years later, Osbourne said in his autobiography that he could not understand why a musician as talented as Rhoads would want to get involved with a "bloated alcoholic wreck" like himself. After a short search, drummer Lee Kerslake completed the new band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. The group headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Rhoads's guitar playing had changed due to the level of freedom allowed by Ozzy and bassist Bob Daisley and he was encouraged to play what he wanted. His work with Quiet Riot has been criticized as being "dull" and did not rely on classical scales or arrangements. Propelled by Rhoads's neo-classical guitar work, the album proved an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: "Mr. Crowley" and the hit "Crazy Train". Osbourne said years later, "One day Randy came to me and said that most heavy metal songs are written in an A to E chord structure. He said, 'Let's try to change that' so we made a rule that almost every number that we recorded on an album was never played in the same key."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The day before Osbourne was scheduled to return to England, Rhoads walked into the vocalist's Los Angeles hotel room with his Gibson Les Paul guitar and a practice amp and started warming up. Osbourne, who was very inebriated on that day, said of the audition "He played this fucking solo and I'm like, am I that fucking stoned or am I hallucinating or what the fuck is this!" Osbourne immediately gave him the job. Rhoads recalled later, "I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, 'You've got the gig'; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, 'You didn't even hear me yet'". Rhoads, Osbourne, Strum, and drummer Frankie Banali subsequently spent a couple of days jamming together before Osbourne returned to England. Upon returning to England, Osbourne was introduced to ex-Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley by a Jet Records employee named Arthur Sharpe in a pub, and the pair hit it off and decided to work together. Unhappy with the guitarist they were initially working with, Osbourne mentioned to Daisley that he had recently met a talented young guitarist in Los Angeles by the name of Randy Rhoads. The new group's management intended to keep the lineup all-British and was reluctant to hire an unknown American guitarist, but manager Don Arden eventually relented.
  • 1971
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper and Mick Ronson were two early rock influences on his playing. At age 16, Rhoads and Garni formed the band Little Women. At approximately the same time, Rhoads began teaching guitar in his mother's school during the day and playing live gigs at night. He graduated from Burbank High School, participating in a special program that allowed him to condense his studies and graduate early so he could teach guitar and pursue music full-time. Recruiting Kevin DuBrow as lead vocalist, the band soon changed its name to Quiet Riot. The drummer, Drew Forsyth, had periodically played with Rhoads and Garni in the past. Quiet Riot quickly became one of the most popular acts on the Los Angeles club circuit, and by late 1976 were signed to CBS/Sony Records. Rhoads' "polka-dot theme" became the visual focal point of the band, as many fans began showing up at Quiet Riot shows wearing polka-dot bow-ties and vests, emulating what the guitarist wore on stage.
  • OTHER
  • 1958
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Delores had received a bachelor's degree in music from UCLA and had played piano professionally. The Rhoads family did not own a stereo and the children created their own music at home to entertain themselves. Rhoads began taking folk and classical guitar lessons at approximately age 7 at his mother's music school. He soon became interested in electric guitar and began taking lessons at Musonia from an instructor named Scott Shelly. Shelly soon approached Delores to inform her that he could no longer teach her son, as Rhoads' knowledge of the electric guitar had exceeded his own. Rhoads also received piano lessons from his mother to build his understanding of music theory. Rhoads met Kelly Garni while attending John Muir Middle School and the two became best friends. According to Garni, the pair were unpopular due to "the way we looked". "Every time we showed up for school it was usually problematic so we pretty much avoided it. We weren’t nerds, we weren’t jocks, we weren’t dopers, we were just on our own". Rhoads taught Garni how to play bass guitar, and together they formed a band called "The Whore", rehearsing during the day at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, a 1970s Hollywood nightspot. It was during this period that Rhoads learned to play lead guitar. "When I met him he didn’t know how to play lead guitar yet at all. He was just starting to take lessons for it and really just riffing around", said Garni.
  • 1956
    Born on December 6, 1956.
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