For the Randy Rhoads fans amongst us, the next issue of Guitar World is going to be a tribute issue.
Staggering as it might seem, it was 40 years ago that a heart-wrenching tragedy claimed one of rock’s finest guitarists. His name? Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne’s brilliant guitarist, who was killed in a plane crash in Leesburg, Florida, on March 19, 1982, at age 25. In the space of a mere two studio albums with Ozzy (and two with Quiet Riot), this diminutive man with a giant talent made a massive, indelible impact on rock that was immediate and profound. Rhoads was a rarity; he was a game-changer in the truest sense of the term.
The fact that four decades later his breathtaking riffs, licks, solos and compositions continue to inspire new generations of rock guitarists speaks volumes as to the enormity of his influence.
And that is at the heart of our July issue, aka “Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute.”
This special collector’s issue includes:
An all-star panel of Rhoads scholars — including Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammett, Richie Faulkner, Tom Morello, Nita Strauss, Phil X, Jared James Nichols, Courtney Cox, Phil Demmel, Mark Morton, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo and many more — discusses Randy’s impact and continued influence.
Ozzy producer Max Norman explains how he recorded Randy’s solos.
George Lynch discusses subbing for Rhoads at Randy’s mother’s music school, Musonia.
The secrets of Randy’s “chip pan” pedalboard.
Zakk Wylde on playing Randy’s solos with Ozzy.
Rudy Sarzo on Randy’s major pivot points.
The development and evolution of Jackson Guitars’ Rhoads series.
An update on Randy’s “lost” Jackson RR3, which wound up in a lucky fan’s hands back in 1984 — and is now up for grabs!
What’s Randy’s greatest guitar solo? We reveal our readers’ poll results — plus picks by our all-star panel.
Play like Randy: A four-page lesson by Andy Aledort, featuring tab and video.