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Randy Rhoads’ birthday
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Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an #heavy #metal #guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. 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 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neoclassical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists and is included in several „Greatest Guitarist” lists.
In 1979, ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne was in Los Angeles, attempting to form a new band. An acquaintance of Osbourne’s, future Slaughter bassist Dana Strum, contacted Rhoads to see if he was interested. Rhoads, disillusioned with Quiet Riot’s inability to land an American recording deal, discussed the possibility of joining an already established band with his mother Delores. When she asked him if he would accept „an offer like this one”, the guitarist replied „Of course!” Rhoads got the call for the audition just before his final show with Quiet Riot in September 1979. The day before Osbourne was scheduled to return to England, Rhoads walked into the vocalist’s Los Angeles hotel room with his Gibson Les Paul guitar and a practice amp and started warming up. Osbourne, who was very inebriated on that day, said of the audition „He played this fucking solo and I’m like, am I that fucking stoned or am I hallucinating or what the fuck is this!” Osbourne immediately gave him the job. Rhoads recalled later, „I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet'”. Rhoads, Osbourne, Strum, and drummer Frankie Banali subsequently spent a couple of days jamming together before Osbourne returned to England.