Randy Rhoads Aimed To Be Unique

Randy Rhoads was aiming to create something unique with his guitar playing in the months leading up to his death.

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Randy Rhoads was aiming to do create something unique with his guitar playing in the months leading up to his death.

A long-lost interview reveals that while he loved playing in Ozzy Osbourne's band, he found the limitations of his heavy metal show frustrating, and hoped to move far beyond them.

He died on tour aged 25 in 1982 when an aeroplane joyride went tragically wrong. US journalist John Stix had recently interviewed him twice, and the results are published in the current free online edition of iGuitar magazine.

Rhoads said: "Everything happens so fast in this band that I haven't had enough time to really think what I want to do.

"For instance, I do a solo live and I do a lot of these things that Eddie Van Halen does, and it kills me that I do that. It's just flash it impresses the kids and I'm trying to make a name as fast as I can.

"I wish I could take time and come up with something that nobody has done. Unfortunately, it will take me a few years."

Asked if he was able to achieve anything that made him proud, Rhoads said: "I can't. I experimented with a few things and tried to get some classical things in, but I couldn't get it in with this set. It calls for flash.

"The kids aren't interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldn't impress them. Ozzy has an incredible following with his audience and most of his kids want non-stop."

Rhoads saw a strong connection between metal and classical music and cited Deep Purple, Leslie West and Michael Shenker as examples of how the genres could be merged.

He wasn't a fan of Black Sabbath and didn't know why Osbourne hired him especially since he only got to tune up at his audition before being offered the job. His favorite tracks were "Revelation" and "Mr Crowley", because of the classical influence.

Looking back on his fledgling career he reflected: "I was afraid of competition because I thought everybody was better than me. You can't be lazy. You have to love the guitar. I did."

Thanks to Classicrockmagazine.com for the story.

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    Glass Prisoner
    He would've loved Yngwie. That whole 80's guitar instrumental scene was just waiting for him. Damn shame.
    hmcguire
    For instance, I do a solo live and I do a lot of these things that Eddie Van Halen does, and it kills me that I do that. Its just flash it impresses the kids and Im trying to make a name as fast as I can.
    This my friends, is why this man is god.
    courageous93
    >"Randy Rhoads was aiming to do create something unique with his guitar playing" >"Randy Rhoads was aiming to do create something unique" >"Randy Rhoads was aiming to do create" >"to do create"
    Minivirus2
    The kids arent interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldnt impress them.
    The amount of foresight in this comment is astounding. It basically sums up mainstream music these days. Nothing complex. Nothing different. Just cookie cutter music made for the drones to drown out background noise and dance to. Randy, you WERE unique, whether you got to express it full in your life time or not. Your legacy is proof of that.
    LadMcLad
    Glass Prisoner wrote: He would've loved Yngwie. That whole 80's guitar instrumental scene was just waiting for him. Damn shame.
    Yeah, neo-classical metal exploded in the 80's, he would've loved Cacophony.
    Jesus_Dean
    If RR were still around today, the G3 concerts would have been Satch, Vai & Rhoads every time.
    shredder3386
    It sucks so much he died young. Who knows where guitar playing might be today? My favorite Randy song was "Diary of a Madman" because already you could start to see how he was subtly changing the conventional music formula. I can only imagine the amazing shit he would have come up with later in his life.
    courageous93
    Also, "You have to love the guitar. I did." That made me a bit sad to hear. He was undoubtedly proud of what he did with Ozzy, but it wasn't entirely fulfilling. I know none of us ever met him, but I still miss the guy.
    Bluebell9
    Minivirus2 wrote: The kids arent interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldnt impress them. The amount of foresight in this comment is astounding. It basically sums up mainstream music these days. Nothing complex. Nothing different. Just cookie cutter music made for the drones to drown out background noise and dance to.
    The aim of music isn't to be more complex and different than the other guy. It's to listen to and enjoy.
    ?Loki?
    Im a senior in high school, i love classical music and RR is the best musician and composer to have ever picked up the guitar to me, i still hear Mr. Crowley and get those chills during the solo because of how awsome and impressive he is.
    engineno9
    metalbutterfly wrote: "US journalist John Stix had recently interviewed him twice".....really no one pointed out that this guy RECENTLY interviewd R R..TWICE!!!
    Read the whole paragraph again, it was talking about when he died and John Stix HAD recently interviewed him twice. As in had recently, before his death, interviewed him.
    metalbutterfly
    "US journalist John Stix had recently interviewed him twice".....really no one pointed out that this guy RECENTLY interviewd R R..TWICE!!!
    Ultraussie
    I've jammed with his guitar teacher. Yah. Take that bitches. I've been closer to randy rhoad's than any of you dude's lol.
    scrymusic
    Technical verses creative.. He would have been creative but still is a great guitarist.
    gkex
    We really lost a lot when he died. It's unfortunate that he was never given time to grow out from under the shadow of EVH. Not to slam Van Halen at all, he's my favorite of all time, but I think Randy could have been something that was completely different but awesome.
    aldogia
    Yea, Ive heard one of his classical pieces someone must have sneaked out of the recording studio. It's called "Dee" (Not sure if he composed it though). Awesome. This man had the potential to overtake the greats like Hendrix, Van Halen etc. Massive loss to the world of music.
    gypsyblues7373
    Yeah, that was his, he wrote it for either his mother or grandmother, can't remember which. It's the last, and only studio track (as a bonus) on "Tribute" iirc.
    DamnBastard1224
    He aimed there, and he achieved it. It's such a shame he was killed, but nonetheless, the man died a legend. I even have a tattoo of Randy's face on my arm to commemorate the tremendous repsect I have for him and all the inspiration he's given me. There is no greater guitar player to date, even EVH. I'm sorry if you disagree, but Randy was more dedicated in my opinion. The RR Legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace
    alltime almond
    Hands down the greatest guitarist of ALL time!! Taken too early. He was and will forever be unique in the way he made the guitar sing in his hands. R.I.P.