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Happy birthday, Randy Rhoads

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Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads

Happy birthday, Randy Rhoads ...
Born Randall William Rhoads on December 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, United States (died: March 19, 1982), Randy Rhoads was a heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
Rhoads, who grew up in a family of musicians, states that a 1971 Alice Cooper concert he attended was a defining point in his life.
At age 16, Rhoads and Kelly Garni formed the band Little Women.
At approximately the same time, Rhoads began teaching guitar in his mother's school during the day and playing live gigs at night.
Recruiting Kevin DuBrow as lead vocalist and the drummer Drew Forsyth (who had periodically played with Rhoads and Garni in the past), the band soon changed its name to Quiet Riot.
Quiet Riot quickly became one of the most popular acts on the Los Angeles club circuit but the two first albums Quiet Riot (1978) and Quiet Riot II (1978) were released only in Japan.
Shortly before leaving Quiet Riot in 1979, Rhoads presented hand drawn pictures of a polka-dot Flying V-style guitar to Karl Sandoval, a California luthier. The guitar Sandoval built for Rhoads became one of the guitarist's trademark instruments.
In 1979, randy joined Ozzy Osbourne's band and moved to england to record Blizzard of Ozz (1980) with Bob Daisley (bass, backing vocals), Lee Kerslake (drums, percussion) and Don Airey (keyboards).
Following a UK tour the band recorded another album, Diary of a Madman (early 1981).
Rhoads played his last show on Thursday, March 18, 1982 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida on March 19, 1982 (aged 25). The plane hit the top of the tour bus during a short jokingly fly.
He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, California.
A devoted student of classical guitar,Randy Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.
In 1981, Rhoads received the Best New Talent award from Guitar Player magazine.
Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neo-classical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists and is included in several Greatest Guitarists lists.
Rock in Peace, Randy!

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads with his Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads with his Flying V-style guitar

[french version:
Joyeux anniversaire, Randy Rhoads ...
Né Randall William Rhoads le 6 Décembre 1956 à Santa Monica, Californie, Etats Unis (décédé le 19 Mars 1982), Randy Rhoads était un guitariste de heavy metal qui a joué avec Ozzy Osbourne et Quiet Riot.
Rhoads, qui a grandi dans une famille de musiciens, stipule qu'un concert d'Alice Cooper auquel il a assisté en 1971 a été tournant dans sa vie.
À 16 ans, Rhoads et Kelly Garni ont formé le groupe Little Women.
À peu près au même moment, Rhoads a commencé à enseigner la guitare à l'école de sa mère pendant la journée tout en jouant des concerts live le soir.
Après avoir recruté Kevin DuBrow comme chanteur et le batteur Drew Forsyth (qui avait régulièrement joué avec Rhoads et Garni dans le passé), le groupe a vite changé son nom pour Quiet Riot.
Quiet Riot est rapidement devenu l'un des groupes les plus populaires dans les clubs de Los Angeles, mais les deux premiers albums Quiet Riot (1978) et Quiet Riot II (1978) ne sont sortis qu'au Japon.
Peu avant de quitter Quiet Riot en 1979, Rhoads a présenté les dessins d'une guitare en forme de "V" à Karl Sandoval, un luthier de Californie. La guitare que Sandoval construit pour Rhoads est devenu l'un des objets fétiches du guitariste.
En 1979, Randy a rejoint Ozzy Osbourne et a déménagé en Angleterre pour enregistrer Blizzard of Ozz (1980) avec Bob Daisley (basse, choeurs), Lee Kerslake (batterie, percussions) et Don Airey (claviers).
Après une tournée au Royaume-Uni, le groupe a enregistré un nouvel album, Diary of a Madman (début 1981).
Randy Rhoads a joué son dernier concert le jeudi 18 Mars 1982, à Knoxville au Civic Coliseum.
Il est mort dans un accident d'avion lors de la tournée avec Ozzy Osbourne en Floride le 19 Mars 1982 (à l'age de 25 ans). L'avion a heurté la partie supérieure de l'autobus de tournée pendant un court vol d'agrément.
Il est enterré au cimetière Mountain View à San Bernardino, en Californie.
Amoureux de la guitare classique, Randy Rhoads a combiné ses influences de la musique classique avec son propre style heavy metal.
En 1981, Rhoads a reçu le prix du Meilleur Nouveau Talent du magazine Guitar Player.
Malgré sa courte carrière, Randy Rhoads, qui a eu une influence majeure sur le neo-classical metal, est cité comme une références par de nombreux guitaristes et est inclus dans plusieurs palmarès des plus grands guitaristes.
Joue en Paix, Randy !]

Randy Rhoads - Polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads - Polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads - on stage

Randy Rhoads - on stage

Randy Rhoads - on stage

Randy Rhoads - on stage

Randy Rhoads - on stage with Ozzy Osbourne

Randy Rhoads - on stage with Ozzy Osbourne

Randy Rhoads - on stage with his polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads - on stage with his polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads with Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)

Randy Rhoads with Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)

Randy Rhoads, a devoted student of classical guitar...

Randy Rhoads, a devoted student of classical guitar...

Randy Rhoads - on stage with his polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads - on stage with his polka-dot Flying V-style guitar

Randy Rhoads - January 23, 1982, County Coliseum

Randy Rhoads - January 23, 1982, County Coliseum

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads playing his Fender stratocaster

Randy Rhoads playing his Fender stratocaster

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads - Ozzy Osbourne

Randy Rhoads - Ozzy Osbourne

Randy Rhoads - February 1974, with Ovation

Randy Rhoads - February 1974, with Ovation

Comment on this post

Adrian 05/02/2015 03:53

"Randy Rhoads - February 1972, with Ovation" is February 1974.

Candy Rock 06/27/2015 18:22

thanks...