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Randy Rhoads: the sad story of the ambitious guitarist Ozzy Osbourne

"This tragedy never leaves my mind. The thoughts, the memories - they break my heart..."

How Randy Rhoades, one of the most ambitious guitarists in history, rose to stardom

Randy Rhoades went down in history as the American virtuoso guitaristHe was a songwriter and simply a genius of his time. Many people learned about him through his collaboration with Ozzy OsbourneAlthough Randy already had valuable experience with Quiet Riot. His star lit up brightly - just as brightly it faded away. We are left to wonder how far Rhoades could go with his unique sound, but even for his 25 years this guy is a legend. He was gone too soon, but his unconventional approach influenced many of today's famous musicians. Ozzy himself still feels that loss to this day painfullyas if his "little brother" had died:

"This tragedy never leaves my mind. The thoughts, the memories - they break my heart..."

Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads

Rhoades combined classical playing with his own style, lavishing his sound with touches of powerful rock. He was a few steps away from becoming world star! Those close to him describe Randy as a kind, cheerful, and totally committed guy. His plans were overwhelming...

Early years

Randy Rhoades
Randy Rhoades

As a child, Randy was so desperate with the guitar that his mother was not at all Concerned - the woman was afraid that it might cause her son to have problems with his hands! Already at 14 Rhoades started his first band. Later, together with a friend. Kelly Gurney, was formed Quiet Riot. The band played metal and made a name for themselves in small venues before performing at the iconic Whisky a Go Go and Starwood in Los Angeles! Rhoades was very young, but he was masterful at getting the crowd to open their mouths wide as he played fast, virtuosic parts that were hard to ignore.

As Riot members recalled, Randy always knew how to sway the crowd. But his virtuosity couldn't help the band to find its niche in the American market. Besides the everyday life of a rock star, Randy had a place in his life for music schoolwhere he taught guitar. Rhoades adored his students, and it was mutual. When Quiet Riot performed in Hollywood, their names (i.e. their students) were on the guest list for the concert.

Magic with Ozzie

Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads

In fact, Randy was not a fan of Black SabbathSo when a friend urged him to audition Ozzy OsbourneBut Rhoades was unenthusiastic about the idea. As he himself admitted, he was embarrassed to refuse, so he decided to try his hand at it. But he didn't even have to turn his skills on full blast - after a few rousing riffs, Prince of Darkness declared: "This is what he's been looking for so long.

When Osborne announced the auditions, there were a lot of people who wanted to be part of his team. many. But they were all "unoriginal:

"They were stupidly copying Tony Iommi - at least they tried to. Randy sounded unique, fresh, in his own way-he wasn't interested in imitating anybody. That's what I liked about him. I thought, "Wow, I came across a great guy!" His playing was poetry in motion. Why did we work so well together? I don't know. There was magic between us. It's like if you run into a girl on the street and you feel like you want to spend the rest of your life with her..."

Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads

Osborne's management and the label wanted the line-up to be completely British, but having demonstrated his skills - the American nugget changed their plans and views in a moment. Two powerful albums were recorded with Rhoades. "Blizzard of Ozz." and "Diary of a Madman". As noted by the team members:

"Ozzy gave complete freedom to Randy, and Randy, in turn, helped Ozzy break free from the shackles he had been in with Black Sabbath. Osborne literally rose from the dead and gained confidence!"

Randy and Ozzie wrote music together, and from the looks of it, there really was a special magic. At the same time, Rhoades was diligent about quality:

"If there were even a couple of mistakes in the solo, he played it all over again," recalled sound engineer Max Norman.

Rhoades himself called his favorite tracks "Revelation." and "Mr. Crowley." because of the classic tones in the sound, although it is "Crazy Train." has become a world masterpiece. According to many critics, this composition is endowed with one of the best guitar riffs in history.

Last round

Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads

Unfortunately, the young virtuoso's life was cut short too soon - Randy was gone. March 19, 1982. He died in a terrible plane crash, which was, in fact, a stupid prank. Not only the "pilot" (aka the bus driver) paid the price for the bad prank, but also the two passengers, including the young guitarist...

Randy Rhoades
Randy Rhoades

During the 1982 tour, Rhoades considered going "into the shadows" for a while: getting a proper education classical guitarto work on style, and so on. Tour "Diary of a Madman" was Ozzy and Randy's last, not just as colleagues, but as brothers. The success was tremendous - tickets sold out in no time! As noted by leading music publications:

"The chemistry on stage between Osborne and Rhoades was electrifying! Ozzy was stoking the fire, and Randy was pouring gasoline!"

It's a loss that Ozzie carried with him. Throughout lifeThe guitar company was still alive, and from time to time it was painful to remember one of its best guitarists. Remarkably, while Rhoades was still alive, the guitar manufacturer Jackson developed a model "Rhoads." - Two copies in different colors even ended up in the hands of the guitarist. Alas, unfortunately, Randy never saw them mass-produced and on the big market...

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