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†R.I.P. Randy Rhoads† 28 Years On....

I would like to start this thread in honor of my personal guitar hero and one of the greatest guitarists to ever live, Randy Rhoads. Today marks the 28th anniversary of the fateful plane crash in which he died. In just a couple short years, he had transformed the face of rock 'n roll forever. He was Ozzy Osbourne's musical soulmate who helped pick him up out of the ashes of Black Sabbath, believed in him, and cheered him on every step of the way. He had a certain aura about him that brought the best out of every life he touched. No matter how big the stage, he never forgot where he came from, his students, and what his mother taught him, "You should never stop learning".

From the age of 8, he studied music theory and his technical prowess was surpassed only by his musical composition genius. From the first few notes, you knew it was Randy. He had a way of making the guitar sing. He would always tell his students, "When you talk, you do not speak in a monotone voice. Why would it be any different with your guitar?" Every note of every solo he left us with is so beautiful in its design.

I live every day knowing that the time we have is a precious gift, and that we should make the most out of what we have been given.

What a humble, gentle, wonderful soul....
Tragic he was taken from us so soon....

"Crazy Train" "After Hours" Footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67ER3SsLQY8

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Remember Randy Rhoads
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLDi7Sdl_kg

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I couldn't have said it better Darkblade, and the genre that Randy helped pioneer is refereed to as neo classical guitar for future record. Randy was doing it way before there was a Yngwie Malmsteen or Tony Macalpine or anyone else period.

There is no doubt in my mind Randy would have been looked upon with great admiration if he had lived to see it come to fruition. Randy was a all around great musician, he had it all, the talent, the charisma, and loads of confidence!

Randy is in a league all his own, as he should be!

My favorite guitarist ever, next to Tony Iommi...

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Peace Scapegoat

well, while I think we tend to put the vaseline on the lens somewhat when idolizing someone after they die, especially when they are young, in general I would agree that Randy Rhoads was an amazing guitarist and had a distinctive sound about him. I think that is because of the weaving of classical music and "rock." The beauty I hear in the solo's is that classically trained musician in him. I have heard it in others trained the same way. Passion doesn't have to be all about sneers and hard core, or loudness, it can be about the ideal and the struggle to achieve it through an instrument. I think Randy embodies that passion. He is in a genre of musician that had he lived a long life would have earned him his stripes along with other greats we've been blessed to know in the musical realm.