Crazy Train: The high life and tragic death of Randy Rhoads by Joel McIverRandall Rhoads, born in California in 1956 and cut down in his prime at the age of only 26, has been an immense influence on a whole generation of musicians in rock and metal. He first came to international prominence in 1979, when he was recruited from the cult metal band Quiet Riot to play with Ozzy Osbourne, who had been fired from Black Sabbath for his drink and drug addictions and was in urgent need of a co-writer to kickstart a solo career. How and why Ozzy and Randy went on to find enormous success is one of the key themes of Crazy Train, named after the first and most famous Osbourne/Rhoads co-composition. It was Randys pioneering combination of neo-classical soloing, catchy riffage and unforgettable songwriting which propelled Ozzy. The two albums that Randy recorded with Quiet Riot and the two with Ozzy showcase the young guitarists immense ability, although the full extent of his talent may never have been revealed. In 1982 he died in an air crash. The parallels between Crazy Train and the authors best-selling To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallicas Cliff Burton (Jawbone 2009) are intentional and obvious. Both books deal with a musical prodigy who died tragically in his mid-20s; both men have a vast following and a profile which has risen in the years since their deaths; and both men have a large coterie of friends, family and associates prepared to tell their stories for the very first time.
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On March 19th, , a joyride went horribly wrong, and the music world lost one of the most explosive players to ever pick up a guitar, Randy Rhoads. A small prop plane carrying Rhoads, Rachel Youngblood and pilot Andrew Aycock crashed in the morning hours at in Leesburg, FL, killing all three on impact. From an early age, Randy Rhoads was always more the type of person to let his playing do the talking for him. Driven by his twin passions of classical music and the heavier side of rock and roll—which seemed like mutually exclusive styles—Rhoads would pursue his vision of joining the two ends of the spectrum until the day he died. Rhoads formed several bands in his teens, sticking to covers from his heroes like Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones for the bulk of their material, with a few nascent originals thrown in for good measure. Improving his fret board skills soon became his primary focus in life, to the detriment of his schooling. Luckily, his passion was recognized early on, and he was admitted to a special program that allowed him to graduate high school early and begin teaching guitar and playing with his band, Quiet Riot , formed in
This isn't the first time Sarzo has said he's convinced Rhoads saved everyone else's lives that day. In a interview with NJ. At the time, Sarzo had just joined Osbourne's band prior to the Diary of a Madman tour following the departure of Bob Daisley. He had previously worked with Rhoads in Quiet Riot , which is how Sarzo got the job. Not only a person that could play those songs, because there were many qualified musicians who could do that, but they needed somebody they could trust.
A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neoclassical metal , is cited as an influence by many guitarists. Rhoads is included in several "Greatest Guitarist" lists. Rhoads was born in Santa Monica, California.
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One of rock's enduring mysteries unfolded on March 19, , as year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads -- despite having a reported fear of flying -- perished in a fiery crash at Leesburg, Fla. When it was over, the dead included Rhoads, one of the era's most promising young guitarists, as well as Rachel Youngblood, a year-old seamstress and cook for the Osbourne band, and Andrew Aycock, a year-old bus driver with an expired pilot's license. Aycock had, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, commandeered the single-engine aircraft from the nearby Flying Baron Estates after deciding to stay the night at plane owner Jerry Calhoun's home -- a Georgian-style mansion adjacent to the airstrip.
But on March 19th of that year, Rhoads died in a plane accident — an event that still haunts the singer. So she helped find a replacement quickly and the tour picked up again about a week and a half later. For the guitarist, it was never meant as a permanent job. All I could manage was big-picture learning and hoping to fill in the details later, gradually as I went along. The band had already been in a fractured state when the tour began. There were a lot of tears, and he was having a difficult time health-wise with his voice. A lot of shows had to be canceled.