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Randy Rhoads



 Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads was a very important player and person who meant a lot to me personally.  It goes without saying that I was influenced by his style. He had everything that I liked  going for him. Great classical influenced solos, speed, melody, technique and class. Although he was only with us a brief time, his guitar work has influenced a couple generations of guitar players. It is amazing that over 20 years since his untimely departure from this earth into the Wings of God, that he still continually touches the lives of so many people.

Randy was not only a fabulous musician and performer,  he also was a caring, honest and sincere person. He remained a very humble person even while reaching unbelievable notoriety in a very short timeframe. I liked those traits in him just as much as I liked his playing. I have a lot of admiration for people who can remain true to themselves and not let what they achieve overshadow who they are, Randy was a perfect example of that.

I would love to do a whole page and/or site containing everything known about him  but there are so many great  sites devoted to him that if you are looking for information on him it is relatively easy to do. I'll include a few myself but a simple Yahoo! Search will help you find you anything and everything that you would want to know about him. I feel it would be redundant of me to reiterate this information therefore I'm only going to share what he personally meant to me as well as my experience seeing him perform on the Diary of a Madman tour.

I first head Randy Rhoads a short time after the release of the Blizzard Of Oz album. I was already aware of Ozzy and  Black Sabbath. I had heard the talk of  his new band and the forthcoming album. I heard the song "I Don't Know" on local Detroit radio and was immediately drawn into it. I loved his guitar playing on that track the very minute I heard it. To be totally honest, I was not expecting it to be very good -- only so because I really liked the heaviness of Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath, to me it would be hard to top the work Ozzy did with Black Sabbath. During this time of my life I did not play guitar nor had I any motivation to learn, hearing Randy Rhoads changed that, and me for that matter,  for the rest of my life. I'm not trying to be dramatic or anything, hearing him really made me want to get an electric guitar and learn how to play and sound like that.  It was a few months later (Christmas of 1981) that I actually got an electric guitar and amp. I didn't have a lot of disposable money at the time, as the case with most teenagers but I did eventually buy the album when it hit the shelves. I had already heard "I Don't Know" and  "Crazy Train" on the radio but man, when I first heard the entire album I was even more blown away. My new favorites were "Revelation Mother Earth", "Mr. Crowley" and "Dee". There really wasn't a song that  album that I didn't like at the time. I loved the classical influenced guitar sound which at the time was something fresh and new that I had yet to hear.  It seemed like before I could get used to playing Blizzard over and over that  release of Diary of a Madman came. Another great album full of some great Randy Rhoads guitar work.  The title track was my favorite song right away, not so much for the solo but the mood swings, contrast and funky time signature. I didn't really know what it was at the time as I was just learning guitar, I didn't know what it was but I certainly knew it was great album.

March 19th

This was a sad day for Ozzy and Randy Rhoads fans. I heard the news that there was a small plane crash in Florida and that it had members of Ozzy Osbourne band on it. No mentioning of who exactly it was. I was shocked and honestly didn't know who was involved initially only that it didn't matter who it was that it isn't going to be good. The news was sporadic, first only saying "members" and later that Ozzy was not involved. It was officially confirmed that three people perished in the crash,  it was Randy Rhoads the bands guitarist, Rachel who was the bands hairdresser and wardrobe seamstress along with the pilot of the plane. I was pretty bummed out, I remember having my ears glued to radio hoping for another report to contradict what I had heard, it was only reconfirmed during preludes of songs from both albums. I remember going to my room, putting on the Diary album on and looking at the inner sleeve and photo of the band, saying  to myself out loud "I'm so sorry, God I'm so sorry this happened to you. You were so great, God you were so great".  The memory of the Cobo show was still so in the forefront of my mind, it was only few weeks before that we witnessed one of greatest performances we ever had the pleasure of seeing in our young lifetimes. No one will ever get to experience that show the same way as before. Only then did it hit me, that the importance of that night in Detroit in February 1982 was just multiplied by a thousand. I realized that the world would be missing out on something great. I pulled out my ticket-stub a looked at it. I wasn't man enough at the time to cry but I was deeply saddened and sorrowed. I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to see Randy play live and was sorry for all the people who wouldn't get the chance to see him play ever again.



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