RANDY RHOADS – A LEGEND GONE TOO SOON – FROM THE VAULT

Support: This Thursday marks the 33rd anniversary of Randy Rhoads death. Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads who was afriad of flying went only because seamstress / hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart conditon and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy also loved photography and wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip however proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25 year old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself. Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whoreand they began playing  over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only. In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking...
“Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” Album Review By Jason Zins!

“Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute” Album Review By Jason Zins!

Support: There’s is no denying that legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads laid down some of the best guitar work in history during his short life. His passion for blending classical music with metal has inspired thousands and was at the heart of his innovative tones and solos. Rhoads drew inspiration from everything around him, and he was the spark for Ozzy Osbourne‘s new solo career in 1980 following the frontman’s untimely firing from Black Sabbath. Rhoads played on two of  Osbourne’s best solo records, Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman, before his life came to an end on a fateful day in March 1982 in a plane crash. His legend lives on, though, and with the help of an all-star cast, his best songs are forever honored on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute. The guest list reads like a who’s who of both modern and classic metal, including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Bruce Kulick, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Dweezil Zappa, Gus G. and more. Every song on here – from the “Crazy Train” opener to the “Flying High Again” closer – shines. Each musician leaves his own mark on each track, and you can actually make out the different tones of some, although they are mostly playing Rhoads’ work note for note.  My personal favorites are “S.A.T.O.” and “Suicide Solution.” These modernized versions kick ass! The old, obscure Quiet Riot songs are very cool, too. Randy’s brother, Kelle, even contributes vocals to “Back to the Coast.” This tribute album, like the Dio album last year, is a testament to the talent...
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