RANDY RHOADS & FAMILY BETRAYED WITH UN-AUTHORIZED USE OF MATERIALS
RANDY RHOADS Biography
In late 2012 Randy Rhoads mother, Delores Rhoads, siblings Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio and Kelle Rhoads, learned that a coffee table book titled “Randy Rhoads” had been released, co-authored by Andrew Klein and rock writer Steven Rosen with the assistance of Peter Margolis and Denny Anderson. The family obtained a copy of the book. They were both astonished and horrified to see that Klein and Margolis are holding themselves out as “experts” on the life of Randy Rhoads, implying that they had the approval and cooperation of the Rhoads family, which they did not.
On April 1, 2007, Margolis entered into an agreement with the Rhoads family to produce a single documentary film on the life of Randy Rhoads. Margolis assured the family that the film would be completed within three years. From that point on, however, Margolis himself did not own any of the ideas and materials obtained or created in the production of the documentary, or any of the photos, videos or sound recordings collected for use in it, having assigned all of that to Dakota Films, the company financing and producing the documentary. Over the next several years, Margolis, Klein and others, working for Dakota Films, went forward with the project. Although Margolis reportedly claimed, as of early 2012, that the documentary was completed – “in the can”—it has never been released. Individuals who saw portions of it during production have reported that it was “edited poorly and unprofessionally,” and that the quality of the film was “abysmal.” The Rhoads family was frustrated by what they considered the mediocre quality of Margolis’s film, and by the fact that the “official documentary” they had so long hoped for had never come to fruition. This has been especially painful for Randy’s mother, Delores Rhoads, who is now in her nineties, and has spent the last three decades carefully preserving and advancing the legacy of her son.
The family contends that Margolis and Klein have stolen the materials; they have no rights or ownership of, from the failed documentary. They used them in the book, in order to try to exploit Randy and the family for their own profit, while trying to establish themselves as “authorities” on Randy Rhoads. They have falsely implied that they have the Rhoads family’s support and cooperation for the unauthorized book. The family emphasizes that in no way did they authorize or participate in publication of the book, nor have they had anything more to do with either Margolis or Kleinsince the production of the unreleased documentary ended.
Moreover, according to the family’s complaint, the book contained more than fifty instances in which Klein and Margolis had used without permission photos, excerpts from interviews and other personal information that had been provided to them by the Rhoads family solely and exclusively for use in the authorized documentary film and for no other purpose.
The Randy Rhoads Estate and family have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the filmmakers and now authors Peter Margolis and Andrew Klein, the publishing company Velocity Publishing Group, Inc., and co-author Steven Rosen. The suit arises out of a failed documentary film project on the life of Randy Rhoads, and the defendants’ recent publication of a book arising out of their involvement in that film project. The defendants are alleged tohaving made extensive and, unauthorized use of personal information and photos from that documentary project, and are accused of fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of rights of publicity.
Randy Rhoads had a relatively short career as a rock guitarist and songwriter, but like James Dean had in the movies, Rhoads blazed like a comet across the music world, particularly in his short time as lead guitarist, first with Quiet Riot and then, most famously, with Ozzy Osbourne in the early Eighties. Rhoads’s guitar work and songwriting are featured on such legendary songs as “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley.” While he was alive Rhoads was voted Best New Talent” and “Best Heavy Metal Guitarist” by various music magazines. In March 1982, Rhoads tragically died in a plane crash, at the age of 25, while on tour with Osbourne. Noted for the influence of his classical musical training on his high-speed, heavy metal guitar style, Rhoads reputation and influence has grown exponentially in the years since his death. Rolling Stone and Guitar World list Rhoads high on their lists of Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time. “Crazy Train,” which he co-wrote, place Number 51 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Songs of All Time. Ozzy Osbourne has been quoted as having said ““He was a saint. . . .He was an angel, and too good for this world. His death’s always on my mind. Every year at the anniversary of his birth and death, fans from all over the world gather at his grave site to honor his passing. We will never forget him. His musical legacy lives on in the minds and music of his many fans.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 4, 2012) – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 6th and ends Saturday, December 8th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family:
The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.
Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~
Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~
Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: “Mr Crowley” and the hit “Crazy Train“. Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.
Please join us December 6th through December 8th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:
Well, we’ve made some great headway in the first half of this campaign. And all the early supporters should have received their link to download the advance preview of Chapter 13 from Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces. We want to send a HUGE thank you to the folks that have given us the great feedback on the chapter and have expressed how they’re even more excited for the rest of the book. As we are currently formatting the text and photo layouts to standard book form, we are currently looking at nearly 400 or more pages of insight only Kelly Garni could provide to the world of Randy Rhoads, Kevin DuBrow and the formation of Quiet Riot…and that is before adding the pics!
We only have 12 days left and a little ways to go to hit our target of $8000 to help expand the number of books printed within the first pressing.
To help make that push we’ve restructured an overlooked reward level and made it our “Best Value” overall and it is a limited run of 100.
A $65 pledge will get you ALL of the following:
A Signed Advance copy of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (This is a guarantee you will receive a book out of the first pressing and nearly a month before it is available to the rest of the public in October)
PLUS an exclusive 11X17 museum quality print of a custom painted portrait by renowned artist Peter Mera. Inspired by one of Kelly’s favorite pictures showing Randy & Kelly as kids, this portrait has been beautifully painted and inked by an amazingly artistic hand. These exclusive prints will be handcrafted and made one at a time using the highest quality archival inks and printed on a heavyweight “fine art” archival paper stock. Each print will be hand signed and numbered by the artist. They will also be custom stamped using typeset letter press. These prints will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter project. You can see an “in progress” photo and see the actual painting within our intro video on this project’s Kickstarter home page.
PLUS you will receive a digital/ebook version of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (which will be released and delivered in Dec)
AND your name (or someone of your choosing) will be included on a special “Dedication” page at the front of the book. Yep, you will actually have your name IN THE BOOK!
This is the most bang for your buck package we can put together! There are only 98 of these left at this time and once they’re gone they’re gone.
All the other packages will still be available throughout the campaign. We know that times are tough all over and wanted to remind everyone that even a pledge of $1 – $49 gets your name in a special “thank you” section within the book and a $50 or more pledge gets your name in the special “Dedication” section at the front of the book.
Thanks again to everyone that has backed this project so far. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. This book IS coming out. This book IS everything you’d want it to be and more. Let’s make this final 12 days count and help expand this book to the worldwide audience it deserves
Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded two seminal multi-platinum albums with OZZY OSBOURNE, which are heralded today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as ‘Crazy Train’, ‘Mr. Crowley’ and ‘Flying High Again’, Randy Rhoads achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy continues to grow with each passing year.
A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy’s masterful ability of bridging rock and classical techniques helped him forge a groundbreaking style of guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing, Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights. Tragically, Randy’s life ended much too soon when on the morning of March 19, 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.
Randy Rhoads’ ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the “next big thing” on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Soon the entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning guitar genius.
With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar playing that dominated the ’80s music scene. Decades later, his massive influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy’s legendary status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock’s Mt. Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as JIMI HENDRIX, ERIC CLAPTON, JIMMY PAGE, JEFF BECK and RITCHIE BLACKMORE.
No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact, his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.
Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads has become a veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears Randy’s name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with Randy’s likeness have become highly sought after collector’s items, while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars, pleasing the late guitarist’s loyal legion of dedicated followers. His image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.
Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of Randy Rhoads, a biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which vividly documents Randy’s life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.
Randy Rhoads is being published by the Velocity Publishing Group, with exclusive distribution through Guitar World.
TMD has obtained enhanced audio of late great OZZY OSBOURNE lead guitarist Randy Rhoads performing the classic song “Over The Mountain” on February 23, 1982 at County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas during what would turn out to be his last recorded show before being tragically killed in a plane crash just a few weeks later on March 19th, 1982 in Leesburg, Florida.
Nearly thirty years have passed but the magic of the music never goes away.
The Metal Den reports:With his 55th birthday fast approaching on December 6th, the memory of late great OZZY OSBOURNE lead guitarist Randy Rhoads is being celebrated by fans all over the world. Recently some You Tube users
loaded up more “Isolated” tracks that feature the legendary axeman by himself. One of the loaders gives thanks
to ‘dinomite at ultimaterhoads.com‘ for these gems. Any big fan of Randy is going to love hearing their hero on
The Metal Den has obtained a rare Randy Rhoads guitar solo that was part of the OZZY show that was recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio on May 11, 1981. However, unlike the majority of songs from that night that were ultimately used for OZZY OSBOURNE’s Tribute album released in 1987, Rhoads’ legendary guitar solo spot in “Suicide Solution” featured on the classic live record is actually taken from another show that took place in Montreal, Quebec on July 28, 1981.
The Metal Den has obtained several unpublished photos of late great guitarist Randy Rhoads performing with OZZY OSBOURNE in Rochester, NY on April 29, 1981.
This coming December 6 is Randy’s birthday, and had he lived the ‘forever young’ pioneer of neo-classical metal would be staring down 54 years of age. One thing is for sure, Randy’s six string
wizardry will never be forgotten.
The Metal Den has obtained the holy grail for Randy Rhoads fans: NEVER BEFORE SEEN LIVE FOOTAGE!
Before he rocked the world with OZZY OSBOURNE, late guitar great Randy Rhoads blazed it up with QUIET RIOT. This audience-shot footage is from Randy performing an extended guitar solo with QUIET RIOT. This extended Rhoads footage
from the Starwood on 10/25/79 was the final scheduled show for the band that Randy was fulfilling after he joined on with Ozzy…QR reunion gigs didn’t happen until the following May.
Randy had already recorded “Blizzard of Ozz” at this point, which would ultimately be released on September 20, 1980 in the UK and on March 27, 1981 in the United States. “Blizzard of Ozz”, considered one of heavy metal’s greatest albums, has sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide.
According to Burbankleader.com, a limited edition wine will be released Sunday in honor of Burbank native Randy Rhoads, who was the lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT before he was killed in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne in 1982.
The Rhoads special edition 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon will be unveiled during a tasting party from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the D’Argenzio Winery in Burbank, home to the Rhoads and D’Argenzio families.
The special edition wine is a way to honor her brother’s legacy, music and life, said Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio.
“He grew up here and is still very revered in the music industry,” she said. “This is something I can do to keep his memory alive.”
Kelly Garni (ex-bassist for QUIET RIOT) and great friend of the legendary and sorely missed Randy Rhoads (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, Quiet Riot) along with Kelle Rhoads (Randy’s brother) have made a major announcement for fans across the globe. A museum dedicated to the legacy of Randy Rhoads is set to open later this year in Corona, California. The location was picked as it’s just a short distance away from Randy’s tomb in southern California. Randy’s polka-dot flying V is currently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Check out video of the announcement below:
Randy Rhoads was killed in a freak airplane accident while on tour in Florida on the morning of March 19, 1982.
As previously reported, 30th Anniversary Sony Legacy Editions of Ozzy’s first two legendary solo albums featuring Randy Rhoads – Blizzard Of Ozz (1980) and Diary Of A Madman (1981) – are due out in the fall.
“They definitely are coming out this year,” Sharon Osbourne told BraveWords.com recently. “They are coming out for (US) Thanksgiving and they will be on the market then. It’s going back to the original recordings with (Bob) Daisley (bass) and (Lee) Kerslake (drums). And there will be a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before in the packages. Like certain conversations that were going on in the studio with the guys just messing around while the tape was still rolling. All of that will be added into it.”
Sharon also revealed that there’s also talk of some video footage in the archives with Randy Rhoads. “There’s two shows that we have in the archives that we are working on right now. Of course in those days, the tapes were like twenty minutes and then you had to change the tape. So we’re trying to clean it up, make sense of it. So we are working on it, along with another film we have of Randy. It will all be boxed together and it should be a great piece to have for a real fan. It will be an amazing piece.”
Rudy Sarzo is one of the best known bass players the metal world. He has appeared and recorded with Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, and Quiet Riot amongst others. Recently he joined another legendary band – Dio – and I had a chance to talk with Rudy after their brilliant performance at the Tuska Festival in Helsinki.