In Memory Of Randy Rhoads (1956-1982)
Exactly 29 years ago Randy Rhoads died in plane crash. I’m more than convinced that he would significantly change the overall shape of heavy metal genre, if Randy Rhoads didn’t died then.
On 19th March, 1982 we lost one of the most talented guitarist ever – he’s legacy can’t be forgotten.
Well, I’ve described shortly his achievements in one of my previous posts. Usually, he’s associated with Ozzy Osbourne and best-known for being his first guitarist. They produced jointly two studio albums: ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (1980) and ‘Diary Of A Madman’ (1981).
In 1987 Ozzy also released in memory of him live album ‘Tribute‘1
The album was released in memory of Rhoads, guitarist for Osbourne’s band between 1979 and 1982. It showcases Rhoads’ guitar work onstage. Particularly notable is the song “Suicide Solution”, which features an unaccompanied guitar solo by Rhoads. The album also includes outtakes of the classical-influenced acoustic guitar piece, “Dee”, a song Rhoads wrote for his mother Delores, and which was originally included on the debut album Blizzard of Ozz. These outtakes include Rhoads talking.
Well, there is no dobut that he was music genius, he started to play guitar in his early childhood. 2.
Rhoads started playing guitar at age six on his grandfather’s old Gibson “Army-Navy” classical acoustic guitar. According to Rhoads’s mother, he learned to play folk guitar, a popular way to learn guitar at the time, although he did not take lessons for very long. Rhoads was always evolving toward a hard rock/metal lead guitar style, but he was heavily influenced by classical music as well.
As a teenager in 1970 he set up his first band called ‘Violet Fox‘, then together with his best friend Kelly Garni (Randy taught him how to play bass guitar) they formed his next band – ‘The Whore‘ and after that Rhoads and Garni formed ‘Quiet Riot‘.
In 1979 he was hired by Ozzy Osbourne …
Please take a look at previous post if you want to know more about Randy Rhoads.
Short interview with Ozzy after Randy Rhoads death
Well, I’d like to show one of his most significant tracks.
With Quiet Riot
I love it due to incredible solo played by Randy. This footage was recorded in early Quiet Riot years at the ‘Whiskey A Go Go‘. It’s one of the longest guitar solos I’ve ever heard. A quality of this video is poor but if you want to hear it in better one, please go here.
Slick Black Cadillac
It’s one of most popular songs and was re-recored in 80s by Quiet Riot.
Picking Up The Pieces
This song was played since Quiet Riot was formed, but it was released only in 1993, on the QR’s ‘The Randy Rhoads Years‘ album which contained another rare songs.
Here you can watch a performance with Randy Rhaods (in 1978) – poor quality.
Interview with Quiet Riot
Ozzy Osbourne times
When it comes to Rhoads & Ozzy you must take a look at ‘After Hours‘ here.
I’ve chosen best IMO song recorded for ‘After Hours‘ – Crazy Train, his guitar solos are awesome!
I want to end up this post with my 2 favourite songs ‘Dee‘ a song dedicated to Randy Rhoads mother – Delores and ‘Thunderbird‘ recorded by Quiet Riot in memory of him.
Randy Rhoads R.I.P.
December 6th 1956 – March 19th 1982
He was an angel, and too good for this world. His death’s always on my mind. Every year at the anniversary of his birth and death, fans from all over the world gather at his grave site to honor his passing. We will never forget him. His musical legacy lives on in the minds and music of his many fans.