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Delores Rhoads Interview

with Jackson/Charvel - 15 years after Randy's death.

Randy Rhoads: Taking Care of The Legend And Legacy


"One and two and three and four..." says the elderly lady sitting at the piano. Her voice sounds kind but very stern. An eight-year-old girl stands to the right of the woman holding a violin and strokes the bow to a succession of five notes. "No, you're going too fast. Try it this way." And the lady repeats the same succession of notes but it now has a resounding melody. There is a cane hanging on the arm of her chair and it is there because she is 75 years old and has begun having problems walking. It's a nice day outside and many eight-year-olds are outside playing. The little girl inside this music recital room would rather practice her violin excersises with Mrs. Rhoads.
She repeats the melody on her violin and now has a grasp of what the melody sounds like. Mrs. Rhoads looks pleased. Going on 5:00 p.m., the girl's father has arrived and it is time to go home. For Mrs. Rhoads, it is the finish of her final lesson of the day. It is time to go home. It is time to close up the school until tomorrow.
The recital room is now quiet for the time being. It is a large room with chairs arranged in neat rows on an aging linoleum floor. Entering the room, there is a large selection of antique musical instruments encased in glass on the right. The display stretches for the entire length of the wall. The entire building is full of rich musical tradition, very conservative and proper. But something more is on display that commands much deeper attention. There are photographs and other artifacts of her son and they are proudly presented to visitors like any mother would. There are lots of photographs of her son and some of his written music transcripts line the bookcases in frames. Some of his old musical equipment sits silent in the corner of the room. A guestbook lies on top of a large, old, tattered guitar speaker cabinet with "Quiet Riot" stenciled on it. Delores Rhoads is the proud mother of a legend, the late Randy Rhoads. She is the keeper of the flame that many young guitarists around the world look to for inspiration. He encompassed the epitome of the all-American rock n' roll boyhood and his memory is forever frozen in time, never to age or become old. Randy Rhoads was 25 when he was killed in a plane crash in March of 1982, leaving behind a legacy that is limited to few recordings and photographs. At the time, he was the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne was just beginning to become successful as a solo artist after leaving the dark, heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. He and Rhoads recorded two albums in 1980 and 1981. They were on a marathon arena concert tour when the accident happened. Rhoads was studying classical guitar and was about to leave the spotlight to go to pursue a masters degree in music before the tragedy. His life was purely music and is remembered by most to have been one of the kindest people to walk the earth. His mom and his closest childhood friend can attest to many more things that illuminate his legend. Most of it started and took place at that school.


 

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