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...
AFTER A DELAY, RANDY APPEARS BACK IN COURT

AFTER A DELAY, RANDY APPEARS BACK IN COURT

Support: After a delay in the trial back in February, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe appeared in the Prague court again to conclude his trial for Manslaughter. The delay was due to an illness of what is being called one the defense’s “key witnesses.” It has not yet been revealed who this witness is but, if his or her testimony will lead to an acquittal, it will have been worth the wait. Since the court already heard his testimony, it wasn’t required of Randy to be present this time around, but according to WTVR he did anyway, showing tremendous courage and character. He will likely have a chance to give a closing statement at the conclusion of the trail as well. At this point, it is my belief, given the evidence presented and the nature of the testimony, that Randy will be found innocent. Testimony from the prosecution has been inconsistent and failures in venue communication, organization and security on the night of the fateful show, none of which can be placed on the singer, have been revealed. A verdict is around the corner, we’ll just have to continue to be patient for just a little while longer. Keep in mind that, unlike in the United States judicial system, in the Czech Republic, all outcomes of a trail can be appealed and about 90% of cases are. So, even once a verdict is reached, it’s not likely to be the end of this case. All we can do is be patient and take solace in every bit of good news we hear. Support: Have you seen these yet? RANDY BLYTHE: “I...
LAMB OF GOD’S RANDY BLYTHE RELEASES OFFICIAL STATEMENT

LAMB OF GOD’S RANDY BLYTHE RELEASES OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Support: Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, who was finally released from a Cezch prison and gave his first interview on Thursday to Czech Nova released an official statement regarding his feelings on the situation. Randy said: “Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, Virginia, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and, of course, my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight — I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, Virginia, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said, ‘We are glad you are home, Randy.’ You all make me proud and grateful that...
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