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End of the Road for Randy Rhoads

End of the Road for Randy Rhoads

Aged just 25, Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an aircraft accident in 1982.

The teaming up of Ozzy with Randy Rhoads was a marriage made in heaven. Rhoads’ virtuosity as a guitarist was the perfect compliment to Osbourne’s extraordinary voice and songwriting talents. The first album they made together – Blizzard of Oz – is without doubt a heavy metal masterpiece.

The accident happened in 1982 when the aircraft Rhoads was a passenger in crashed. It was not a scheduled or even a chartered flight – it was instead a spur of the moment “for fun” flight with the aircraft piloted by someone who’s licence had long since expired.

To say it affected Ozzy badly would be a severe understatement. He was devastated.