Randy Rhoads RIP: 30 Years On
30 years ago today, one of the greatest heavy metal guitarists of all time lost his life in a tragic accident that shocked the metal world and took from us an unbelievable talent.
Randall William “Randy” Rhoads is known by many for being a founding member of US rockers Quiet Riot, with whom he recorded their self-titled debut and its 1978 follow-up, but his lasting legacy will surely always be the two seminal albums he released with Ozzy Osbourne.
Randy’s unmistakable tones reinvigorated the Ozzman after his messy departure from Black Sabbath, resulting in two of the greatest metal albums ever released in 1980′s ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and 1981′s ‘Diary Of A Madman’, not to mention the incredible, posthumous live album, ‘Tribute’, dedicated to his memory and featuring some of the most spine-tingling live moments ever to be recorded to disc (and picked by Hammer’s Merlin as one of his top five live albums only last week).
It was on March 1982 that Randy lost his life at the age of just 25 in a bizarre plane crash that also took the lives of pilot Andrew Aycock and hairdresser/seamstress and friend of the band Rachel Youngblood. There are few musicians in history that have had such a profound influence on guitar music and heavy metal in such a short time with us, and his memory lives as strongly now as it did the day he left us.
RIP Randy. Legend doesn’t cover it.