Today Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Death of Randy Rhoads

There are so many tales of artists lost too young, but way too many of them are more cautionary tales of self-destruction and failing to heed the constant pleas and attempts of others to save them – such as almost the entire  ’27 club’. Those are tragic in their own right, but there are also losses of artists through disease or accidents.

I always think of the young loss of Scott LaFaro in 1961, or the infamous ‘Day the Music Died’ plane crash … but today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Ozzy Osborne guitarist Randy Rhoads in a plane crash at the age of 25.

While most think of rock and heavy metal musicians as having prodigious chops but limited vocabulary, Rhoads drew from a considerable knowledge of music theory that allowed him to produce non-traditional sounding solos, and led to him being extremely influential in spite of a short recording career.

Before joining Ozzy he played in the early edition of Quiet Riot (he was a co-founder), but it is his work on the Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman that make him a familiar name to guitarists worldwide to this day.

Here are a few videos of him in action:

Ozzy hears lost solo from the master tapes for the 20th Anniversary of Blizzard of Oz:

Sound Check from about a month before his death:

Live Solo:

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