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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:36 pm 
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I hope you don't mind me asking but why do you all remain dedicated to randy?

My reason is that he came into my life at an important time while I was learning yo be a musician, even as a drummer I learned structure from his playing.
Now I am loyal because if we abandon randys legacy he might be forgotten which would be a tragedy.

He has been gone almost 33 years and still sounds current.

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Bottom line for me...I just like the songs he created with the Blizzard of Ozz. A HUGE part of Randy's legacy is what he could have done if he did not get in that plane. His playing was totally unique compared to anyone out there at that time or even now. There is just something special about his playing, the sad part is 90% of his fans probably never heard all the bootlegs we listen to and these live shows are really where he showed what he could do. He is known for his constant fills throughout songs on Tribute, but that was just the beginning. What he did in May 1981 was nothing compared to how he was playing in July 1981 to the end, most fans have never heard those. There are 10s of thousands of fans of Randys and all they have really heard most likely is the two albums and Tribute. There is so much more for them to listen to. When i say "fan" you could pretty much agree that most guitarist out there on the hard rock/metal scene like Randy's playing, but they don't take it to the next level like we do here on these boards listening to bootlegs, videos etc...

I have said it before, we already have the best thing we could ever have of Randy, and that is After Hours. A band just jamming in a room and its pro-shot? Its the most intimate setting for a performance you could ask for. Sure the band thought it was a joke but you could tell they put their heart into it, especially Randy.

But I want more, if the Phoenix brothers footage comes out, or the Capitol Theatre footage comes out, i will be back here the next day looking to see if something else has shown its face. Do i get upset if rumors start of footage and then nothing comes of it? I don't get upset at all, i just move on to the next rumor. I always hear some people on these boards take it to heart how they were let down or whatever by something not coming to fruition.

All you have to do is look back at the last 10 years, think of everything that has been released officially, leaked or just shown up during that time...Now all you have to do is look forward to the next ten years.


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Ian,that's a good question.i remember seeing a picture of him for the first time in a grocery store back in late 82 or early 83.it was guitar player and hes outside with his arms crossed wearing a red or orange shirt.the only knowledge i had of him was 2 cassettes i had of boo and doam.just the bare tapes no cover.the first thing i noticed being 9 or 10 yrs old was how skinny he was his long thumb nails and that he looked like a girl!the one thing that stood out were his eyes.like he knew something you didnt.that image stayed with me every time i would play the tapes.fast forward to 1987 tribute came out.mtv was playing crazy train..the clips of after hours(i didnt know about any after hours at the time)were thrown in and i think thats what hooked me..i used to wonder how such a little guy that looked like a woman could play so heavy and articulate.. so when i saw those clips i said to myself thats how you do it..on a sidenote i was at a friends house waiting for crazy train to come on..another friend of mine was there(rip j)he wasnt into rock heavy metal etc. when the video came on he watched the whole thing without saying shit!when it was done he asked me in spanish damn tito who was that chic playing guitar? i said thats a man, his name is randy rhoads!he said that is one bad motherfucker wow!!!!he was blown away!goes to show the talent and magnetism randy had.


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I'm similar to you trigger, in that I was just starting out learning to play. Those 2 albums became a part of my life. That remains with me forever. Many years went by without learning much more about the guy (at least for me anyway). Now with the Internet (and new books etc) its like I'm learning stuff all over again. For me, heavy electric guitar playing IS and always will be Randy.....period....there are others, but it all starts with Randy.......as more time goes by, I realize he is even a bigger influence / part of my life because those earlier learning days can't be changed and I must savour those years.........


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The playing of Randy Rhoads hit me square in the face with such force during the summer of 1981 that it has left an imprint that will never recede or fade away. I can STILL remember hearing, "I Don't Know" for the first time, while on a carnival ride at the Wilmington, MA, 4th of July (Independence Day) Celebration...I was in complete and utter awe; it was perfect in construction, flawless in execution, and seemingly sent down from the Heavens to my ears. The intro to that song was out of a Polar Solstice, the next measures a driving force, and then the beautiful middle eight - WOW! I had NEVER heard a rock song just STOP and become something so delicate and wonderful...and then CRASH, back driving and onto the solo. And that one song was just the beginning of a wonderful and mysterious discovery for me.

I lived with Blizzard of Ozz for over a year, and the music made such an impression, deep in my soul. In fact, by the end of the Summer of '81 I remember setting a tape recorder next to my transistor radio to tape the live King Biscuit Radio Broadcast that would turn out to be the Cleveland Music Hall Show from earlier that May, and comprise most of "Tribute". And later in the summer of 1982 I would ride my ten-speed bike on a major highway (illegal) to get to the old Zayre's Department Store to buy Diary of a Madman. Future trips would yield the "Flying High Again" single and the "Mr. Crowley Live" EP. This was before I even knew who Randy Rhoads was, or what he even looked like.

And then, after all of this, I discovered him. And like most others that he seemed to interact with, I was DRAWN to him - attracted to something in him, perhaps his spirit or personality - definitely his PASSION for playing his instrument, that shown through in the many photos in Circus, Hit Parader, Guitar World, and other magazines that would do periodic stories on him. It began a love affair of sorts that I had with his playing that I could seem to never tire of - no matter how many times I would listen to those albums, over and over again. I was smitten, and there was no telling me from that point on that there was any better guitarist out there for me than Randy Rhoads.

From there, and in time, that led to me to Randy Perry's website to find out more about Randy the person and the musician - Heck, it led me to Harvard University's library to see if I could find out more information about the disputed date of the infamous Montreal concert at the St. Denis Theater; I sent Randy Perry the ad that cancelled the 7.31.81 date and rescheduled it to 7.28.81 so the band could return to England and play the Port Vale Heavy Metal Holocaust on 8.1.81. And, so now you could say, I followed Randy Perry over to this site (although I didn't know it) to continue keeping up with new developments on things related to my favorite musician. And here I've had the immense pleasure of interacting with some folks that knew Randy personally, and others that admire the heck out of him like I do. So, yes - that is why I stay loyal to Randy Rhoads and always will.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:21 pm 
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He made some of my favorite music to listen to and, like others have said, it still sounds great today. Another thing is his immense talent and I absolutely love his style.

One thing that is certain though is he's almost of mythical per portions. The fact that he passed so soon, of a freak accident and that there's very little "quality" footage/audio of him adds to it. In my opinion, along with his immense talent, that keeps people with him.

I firmly believe that if there were quality releases of Randy his fan base would grow greatly.


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of all the guitarists I've listened to, he's moved me emotionally a tremendous amount further than anyone else. When I listened to Tonight and then the fade started, it was like the universe was tantalizing me with Randy, I wanted more, he was giving more, but the volume kept going down, it just created a desire for more that has never been quenched. I can't get enough of him. His composition is elite compared to other guitarists - his riffs and solos make sense. Plus, there was something about him that made me feel like he was approachable and a musician vs some rock star. I felt a connection to him through his playing. Even today when I hear him, it's a connection to him - he's playing it live, those are his fingers I'm hearing. I'll never stop honoring Randy by word of mouth, my playing, and by buying anything I can get - especially new books or dvd, etc. I would pay thousands for that phoenix footage or Bob's grail tapes - just to see or listen to them once.


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Two words: The music.


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I'd been playing guitar for a little over a year and heard Crazy Train, Dee, and Suicide Solution while at summer church camp. I loved the music and didn't really think about who the guitar player was... I just loved the music.

Then on March 19, 1982 I heard the news on the radio and felt an overwhelming desire to learn more about who this guy was. I don't know why. There are no words. It's just something I feel.


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Pretty simple for me actually..First year of College, getting ready to hit the sack, and I turned on the radio to chill and they debut'd "Tribute"..Back then, I had always been a fan of those who sounded good "live"...A record is one thing, but can you really pull it off concert wise..I stayed up an listened to the entire broadcast, the next day, I borrowed a guitar from a friend and began to take lessons..I had to learn how to play that stuff!..To this day, the sound inspires me, that is something that isn't taught, it just happens, it's special...


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Picture a twelve year old kid in 1980, growing up in South Florida and absolutely rebelling against the disco movement that is EVERYWHERE coming out of the late 70's.. He hears a song on the radio, and it makes him grab a tennis racket and literally "play" the shit out of that thing while jumping up and down on his parents bed.. That song is Crazy Train. At age 15, he buys his first guitar and spends countless hours locked in his room practicing and learning every song from the BOO and Diary. He's discovering a harder and heavier style of music and on the path (unbeknownst to him at the time) to full blown heavy metal/hair metal devotee by the time he graduates high school in 1987 and for several years beyond that until Grunge nailed the lid on the coffin coming into the 90's... So, I tuned to drop D and kept right on going. :mrgreen: His life (at that time) is the guitar and the man that got that all started was Randy Rhoads.

That in a nutshell is why I still carry the torch. I don't post much here, or on any forum for that matter. Those days where I thought my opinion needed to be stated in a public forum are long gone, what I have to say really isn't that important. I do check in here every few days, on the hope that I'll finally find that thread that says "NEW FOOTAGE COMING OUT" and it's true. I still play guitar to this day, although it's more like five hours a month instead of five hours a day... but I always find myself ripping out the Randy licks, and that's the way it'll always be. Long live the memory of Randy Rhoads..


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To me it’s about a lasting impact. Still can easily remember being 12 in 1981 and hearing the opening pick slide in Crazy Train that went into this thunderous riff where I’m thinking “who the FUCK is this guy???” and feeling that 1.) this guy means business and 2.) I’ve heard something “important”. Up until that point I had grown up on Ace and then Eddie but it was more of the cool Rock factor to them where as with Randy it felt like it was a “musical composition of art”….not the usual blasting through chords or sludgin’ away but beautiful musical stories. From the beginning of “I don’t know” to the exorcist like chorus of “diary of a madman” there’s 16 musical stories in between…each one different…and none a throw away. To come outta nowhere & hit two albums straight outta the ballpark like that…and then “SNAP” to just be gone is crazy…and I’ve not seen since.
The whole tragedy of “what if?” still echoes through all of our heads. The fact that he was a good guy and so dedicated to his craft just adds to it along with the fact that there’s so little video evidence….thus leading into the aura of mystery around him still to this day. His music is still fresh & not a week goes by still that I don’t ipod something off of Blizzard or Diary….it never gets old, tired, or worn…he left behind two brilliant albums and was gone…he didn’t stick around long enough to let us down….most do.

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been playing guitar since 1977 as kid of 11. then in 81 like many Blizzard came out and couldnt' stop listening to it. The big songs were being played on the radio. Blown away by the unique playing and sounding different than EVH and others out to me I wanted to know more who this guy Randy is. Then I heard and taped off the radio the Cleveland show in May 81. Saw the Circus Mag and thought he was so different and became my fave player. Tried to get my friends to go to the Blizzard show at Stanley Theater in PA. No one would take me. Diary album came out and after hearing the live versions of Flying and Believer 1st... I really just further was amazed by Randy's playing. Not to mention every other song on Diary I just loved. Was amazed by Diary and OTM. Loved Little Dolls.. I tried to mimic him in playing and my look. As Delores once told me, " you were one of those" .. lol ..

Feb 2,82 Heard on the Radio he was doing a seminar in Greensburg Music store, called made reservations, friend got the car late , missed it, was devastated till today even but got to Civic Arena, PA early, walked around the arena, saw the tour bus , no Randy he was inside. Stood by the doors, heard this amazing guitar dive bombs, some blues type licks then this long fast runs, looked at my friend and said that's no guitar tech playing like that. Then he walked out on the stage in front of me, I picked my jaw up off the ground and I knew then how special he was and I was in awe, I knew forever he was my fave player, musician. The next day after the concert I took my tour book and put the photos on my wall and laid on my bed in a daze and thought about what I just heard and saw. I started looking for more photos to put up on my wall. I had a lot going on in my life at that time also and he stepped into it and changed everything also.


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Ian,that's a good question.i remember seeing a picture of him for the first time in a grocery store back in late 82 or early 83.it was guitar player and hes outside with his arms crossed wearing a red or orange shirt.the only knowledge i had of him was 2 cassettes i had of boo and doam.just the bare tapes no cover.the first thing i noticed being 9 or 10 yrs old was how skinny he was his long thumb nails and that he looked like a girl!the one thing that stood out were his eyes.like he knew something you didnt.that image stayed with me every time i would play the tapes.fast forward to 1987 tribute came out.mtv was playing crazy train..the clips of after hours(i didnt know about any after hours at the time)were thrown in and i think thats what hooked me..i used to wonder how such a little guy that looked like a woman could play so heavy and articulate.. so when i saw those clips i said to myself thats how you do it..on a sidenote i was at a friends house waiting for crazy train to come on..another friend of mine was there(rip j)he wasnt into rock heavy metal etc. when the video came on he watched the whole thing without saying shit!when it was done he asked me in spanish damn tito who was that chic playing guitar? i said thats a man, his name is randy rhoads!he said that is one bad motherfucker wow!!!!he was blown away!goes to show the talent and magnetism randy had.



I like that, yes i remember SHaron Osbourne saying he was an " old soul" i think that was reflected in his eyes. Which after all are the windows to the soul .

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When I met him and discovered what a down-to-earth nice guy he was, he won me over for life!!! I still think back on our conversation & how inspirational it was. His music will live on.


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