Article by Keith Valcourt


On March 19, 1982, the life of guitar god Randy Rhoads was tragically cut short at the age of 25 when he died in a freak plane crash, forever robbing future generations of a chance to witness his genius. In the 31 years since, appreciation for his songwriting, solos, trailblazing technique and tone have made him one of rock’s most influential guitarists.

At this year’s NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, Randy Rhoads will be honored when Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton (Bonzo Bash creators) present the ultimate tribute to rock’s ultimate guitarist. “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Legend” is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime concert honoring the guitar virtuoso. The show (January 25 at The Observatory, in Santa Ana, CA) will feature Brian Tichy on drums, Randy’s former Quiet Riot bandmate Rudy Sarzo on bass and Stephen LeBlanc on keyboards.

Vocal duties will be handled by Randy’s brother, Kelle Rhoads; as well as Neil Turbin (Anthrax) and Robert Mason (Warrant, Ozzy Osbourne). A slew of legendary guitarists will take the stage that night including Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Tracii Guns (GNR, LA Guns), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai (GNR), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) and more, still to be announced.

The all-star band will play songs from the classic Ozzy Osborne albums which featured Randy: Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz, as well as some previously unheard compositions from Randy’s Quiet Riot days. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the great Randy Rhoads.





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