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RANDY RHOADS – Remembered

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 19, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Randy Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956, in California. On March 19th in 1982, while on tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads passed away in a plane accident, in Florida. Randy Rhoads was only 25 years old, on the day of his death. As a co-founder of the legendary Quiet Riot and lead guitarist and songwriter for the super Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads certainly left his mark on the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal world like none other.

Randy Rhoads will always be most remembered for his works with Ozzy Osbourne and the two Ozzy studio albums: Blizzard Of Ozz (1980) and Diary Of A Madman (1981). Both of these albums are sacred, within the Metal world, in my Metal opinion. I could never, ever grow tired of these two amazing Ozzy albums; amazing due to the guitar wizardry of Randy Rhoads!

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I’ve now lived to be fifty, which is obviously double the lifetime of Randy Rhoads. Seems unreal when I put it into that context. Life is a gift and is never to be taken for granted. Life is to be cherished and celebrated. Today I celebrate the iconic music that Randy Rhoads has left us all to enjoy. Rest in peace, Randy Rhoads. – Stone




On This Day In METAL History – The Iconic RANDY RHOADS Remembered

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Above: Guitar World cover feature – June, 1987

Randy Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956 and tragically passed away on March 19th, 1982 at the very young age of 25. During a tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads passed away from injuries sustained in a small plane crash, in Leesburg, Florida. Randy Rhoads to this very minute, is mentioned, discussed and immortalized on both social media and within the entire Heavy Metal and Hard Rock communities.

Beloved music legends that have made an impact on countless fans and musicians, worldwide, never die; Randy Rhoads is one such beloved legend and his spirit still speaks to us all through his recorded guitar playing. Randy Rhoads made his biggest impact while with Ozzy Osbourne, with touring and being featured on Ozzy’s first two studio albums along with one full-length live album.

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Above: Guitar Magazine (August – 1990)

The launching pad to world fame began for Randy Rhoads when he and Kelly Garni founded Quiet Riot, initially under the band name of Mach 1. Randy would be featured on the first two studio albums from Quiet Riot, both released in Japan only, back in 1977 and 1978. From his humble beginnings with Quiet Riot to global stardom with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads would become a pioneer of the Neo-Classical guitar movement and an entire new book on the meaning of Heavy Metal was written. Once a Randy Rhoads guitar riff and/or solo gets stuck in my head, it’s there for days! I believe I’m not the only one who can say that either.

Through the pages of Heavy Metal history, it has been well documented that Randy Rhoads was a guitar teacher and touched many musicians lives, while growing up within a musical family. The Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California, was started by Randy Rhoads’ mother Delores Rhoads and exists to this day, currently being run by Randy’s brother: Kelle Rhoads. If you want to read an insightful and touching remembrance of Randy Rhoads as a guitar teacher, you must read the story written by the famed and talented guitarist Janet Robin, by clicking the link below:

I have compiled below, a pictorial discography of Randy Rhoads. Man, I wish I owned the first two Quiet Riot albums! Please let me know if there is any rare album missing from the list. Long live the musical spirit of Randy Rhoads. Metal be thy name. – Stone


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QUIET RIOT – debut & self-titled (1977)

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QUIET RIOT – II (1978)

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QUIET RIOT – The Randy Rhoads Years (1993)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Blizzard Of Ozz (1980)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Live EP (1980)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Diary Of A Madman (1981)

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(live album/1987)



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Randy Rhoads – Tribute (2000)

This Tribute album to Randy Rhoads features cover songs of ten Ozzy Osbourne classics that Randy helped write and (of course) played on. Featured guest artists include: Sebastian Bach, Joe Lynn Turner, Jake E. Lee, Mark Slaughter, etc.

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Above: Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute was released on March 2nd of this month. A potpourri of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bruce Kulick, Tom Morello, Brad Gillis, etc.) contribute in covering many Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne songs that Randy Rhoads wrote and played on.


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“Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute” – Album Releasing On March 3rd, 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Announcing “Immortal RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute”

The Late and Legendary Guitar Hero Memorialized in Sensational Cover Tracks. A Celebratory Album Featuring All-Star Guests SERJ TANKIAN, TOM MORELLO and More, out on March 3rd, 2015 via UDR Music.

Featuring an All-Star Line-Up of Music Greats:

















… and More

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One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute on March 3, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians. The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads.

Pre-order details coming soon! Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will also be available in double vinyl gatefold and digital formats.

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Full track listing with performers:

  1. Crazy Train

Vocals: Serj Tankian

Gtrs: Tom Morello

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Vinny Appice

  1. Over the Mountain

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Jon Donais

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Frankie Banali

  1. Mr Crowley

Vocals: Chuck Billy

Gtrs: Alexi Laiho

Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads

Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Vinny Appice

  1. Believer

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Doug Aldrich

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Vinny Appice

  1. Back To The Coast (Quiet Riot)

Vocals: Kelle Rhoads

Gtrs: Bruce Kulick

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Frankie Banali

  1. I Don’t Know

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: George Lynch

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Brett Chassen

  1. S A T 0

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick

Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Vinny Appice

  1. Killer Girls (Quiet Riot)

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Brett Chassen

  1. Goodbye to Romance

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Gus G.

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Brett Chassen

  1. Suicide Solution

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Brad Gillis

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Brett Chassen

  1. Flying High Again

Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Gtrs: Bernie Torme

Bass: Rudy Sarzo

Drums: Brett Chassen

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A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute!

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The “Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute” Deluxe Digipak comes with a CD and Bonus DVD. This DVD contains interviews and 
Exclusive Features filmed at the Musonia School of Music, where Randy gave guitar lessons!!

Pre-Order now:







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Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads Tribute – Live Album From 1987 Is Priceless, Old School, Heavy Metal History

Posted in classic rock, guitar legends, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal history, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

OZZY OSBOURNE RANDY RHOADS TRIBUTE – How often do you turn to your collection of music, whether it be CDs, vinyl, cassettes or (gulp) 8 tracks for that refreshing listen in Old School?  And as you rummage through your music collection, you find that one Old School release you haven’t listened to in quite some time? It happened to me a couple of days ago. This Old School album I’ve revisited is Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute. I have this live Heavy Metal masterpiece on CD and cassette, once owning it on vinyl. This is a “double-album” release and all 14 songs are on one CD.

Why do I refer to this album as a masterpiece you question? This is the first and only live Ozzy Osbourne album that features the infinitely legendary Randy Rhoads (Randall William Rhoads) as guitarist. Randy Rhoads passed away at age 25, back on March 19, 1982. It was a “freak” small plane accident that took Randy Rhoads away from us all, halfway through the Diary Of A Madman tour. I won’t get into anymore details about this sad story… the internet is loaded with the complete story on this horrible day in Rock Music history.

There are three Black Sabbath classics heard on this live album: Iron ManChildren Of The Grave and Paranoid. Randy Rhoads did these Black Sabbath classics spectacular Metal justice on Tribute. Yes, Tony Iommi is the originator and guitar master of these Black Sabbath songs, there is no dispute. If anything, Randy and Tony are on the same Metal tier in my most honest Metal opinion. Two entirely different guitar styles and two unique legends of Heavy Metal and Rock history are they both. Each guitarist has carved out his individual Metal legacy for all eternity. What more can I say about that?

As I listen now, some 24 years after this live album has been released, the chills still run up and down my body when I crank these Heavy Metal classics up… just as it happened to me in 1987. When a live album or any album for that matter, can never lose it’s euphoric Metal vibe that it gives me, such as this one, then I Metal ordain it a Metal Masterpiece. I’m forever left spellbound by listening to Randy Rhoads play his riffs, leads and solo’s throughout this entire live album. The studio out-takes of Randy Rhoads playing Dee never ceases in capturing my full attention. The all encompassing Metal high I get from hearing these live versions of Flying High Again, I Don’t Know, Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley is a personal feeling that is priceless.

Randy Rhoads has a featured guitar solo on Suicide Solution and it is a dizzying listen into just how immense, influential and dynamic his guitar playing was… and forever will be. Ozzy’s vocals on these live songs sound just incredible to my ears, it’s vintage Ozzy. There will never be another Ozzy Osbourne, just like there shall never be another Randy Rhoads. These two ultra-amazing men of Metal created two magical albums together with Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary Of A Madman (1981). Those were two back-to-back Heavy Metal albums that essentially catapulted Ozzy’s solo career to iconic heights and made Randy Rhoads, the guitarist, an everlasting influence and legend.

Both of these iconic Heavy Metal albums are celebrated on this live Tribute album and Ozzy Osbourne paid tribute to Randy Rhoads through it’s release. The guitar playing and song writing of Randy Rhoads shall be celebrated forever by this Metalhead. This is a live album that belongs in every Hard Rock and Metal fans collection of music, I can’t fathom any reason otherwise. Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute is a live album that captured important Heavy Metal and Rock music history, which will be passed down for Metal generations to come.

The band as listed in the “original” album liner notes:

Ozzy Osbourne – vocals

Randy Rhoads – guitar

Rudy Sarzo – bass

Tommy Aldridge – drums

Track Listing For Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute:

I Don’t Know

Crazy Train


Mr. Crowley

Flying High Again

Revelation (Mother Earth)

Steal Away (The Night) (With Drum Solo)

Suicide Solution (With Guitar Solo)

Iron Man

Children Of The Grave


Goodbye To Romance

No Bone Movies

Dee (Randy Rhoads Studio Out-Takes)

* Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute was produced and engineered by Max Norman. The executive producer was Ozzy Osbourne.

* Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute was released March 19, 1987, on Epic Records.

The combination of knowing that the month of March marks the passing of Randy Rhoads and speaking with “DeadDave” of Dead Daves about Old School Heavy Metal over this past weekend, prompted me to dig out this classic work of live Heavy Metal… without my even thinking about it. I guess needing to listen to Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads – Tribute was imbedded in my Metal sub-conscious, all along this past week.

I met “DeadDave” for the first time in my Metal life at the COLD, KOPEK, Egypt Central, Oceans Divide and Maddam Ink. concert at the Crocodile Rock Cafe on Saturday, March 19th. I’ll tell the world this much… “DeadDave” is one cool dude who likes his Horror, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Thanks for the conversations “DeadDave” and for the Metal knowledge you shared as well.

Long Live Ozzy Osbourne.

Rest In Peace, Randy Rhoads.


Metal Edge exhibits poor taste.

Posted in Metal, Metal Edge, Music, ozzy with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

It appears that Metal Edge has an obvious immature sense of humor. Just to say up front, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne is alive today. However, Metal Edge wants us fellow metalheads to be jolted, scared straight and then humiliated. Here is how the story goes: on Monday, March 23, 2009, I gave Metal Edge my usual “browse through”. Upon looking at the home page, under “Metal News”, is the headline: “Ozzie Osborne Dies”. Now, upon looking at that headline, I was shocked to say the least, not noticing the incorrect spelling of the Metal Legend we all love, I instantly clicked for the “news” article and found that this is an entirely different “Ozzie Osbourne” altogether. Of course, when the word “dies” is connected to a world known Heavy Metal legend, the average reader is not going to notice that it is an entirely different person based on the spelling, the shock of the immediate message takes away from noticing the name being spelled differently.

This “Metal news article” goes on to say that this “Charles Ozzie Osborne” is 89 years old, lives in California and has indeed passed away. Wow. Real “Metal news” here. The humiliating part, which is rather insulting to all Metal fans, is that the headline above this article states: “Made You Look”. Wow. Real mature Metal Edge, that is just how you want to treat loyal Metal Edge subscribers of your magazine and Metal fans of your website. NOT TO MENTION YOU INSULTED AND HUMILIATED EVERY HEAVY METAL FAN OF THE VERY MUCH ALIVE, METAL LEGEND, OZZY OSBOURNE.

Obviously, the staff at Metal Edge are too young to remember the real horror of Heavy Metal fans hearing the “real” news of Randy Rhoads passing away on March 19, 1982. CONGRATULATIONS, METAL EDGE. YOU BASICALLY GAVE ABSOLUTELY ZERO RESPECT TO THE WORLD OF HEAVY METAL AND TO OZZY OSBOURNE AND THE RANDY RHOADS FAMILY. BY HAVING THIS INDECENT AND CHILDISH HOAX ON NEARLY THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC DEATH OF THE GREAT RANDY RHOADS. Just so the pre-school minded staff at Metal Edge knows, Randy Rhoads was the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, from 1979 to 1982. 


I am certain, the babies at Metal Edge will cry out: “you should have noticed the incorrect spelling of the name before you got startled”. Well, Metal Edge, you should be embarrassed, ashamed and make a public apology to Ozzy Osbourne, the family of Randy Rhoads and admit you have a ton of “REAL” Metal history and news to catch up on before you pen another illegitimate, false and humiliating headline like that again. TO THE STAFF AT METAL EDGE MAGAZINE AND YOUR .COM – GROW UP AND LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF METAL. WE ALL LIVE IN DIFFICULT ENOUGH TIMES RIGHT NOW, THERE IS ENOUGH BAD NEWS TO GO AROUND, NOBODY NEEDS ANY EXTRA BAD NEWS THAT IS “MADE UP”, OBVIOUSLY THE STAFF/PRE-SCHOOLERS AT METAL EDGE ARE THE ONLY ONES LAUGHING.

To sum it up my fellow Metalheads and fans of all things Metal music, please know OZZY OSBOURNE IS ALIVE TODAY, play his music loud and proud and remember and listen with awe, the guitar brilliance of the late & legendary RANDY RHOADS. Above all, ignore the simple minded in life like the staff at Metal Edge magazine and their .com, for to follow them is to follow a path straight to ignorance.

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