December 6, 2017 would have been the late great Randy Rhoads’ 61st Birthday!
Born Randall William Rhoads, who as we all know most famously played with Ozzy’s band and originally with an early version of Quiet Riot, was a devoted student of classical guitar. He combined his classical music influences with his own unique heavy metal style. He was a major influence on neoclassical metal and is cited as an influence by many hard rock and metal guitarists and is included in several lists as one of the greatest guitarists of all time! On January 18, 2017, Randy was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for defining heavy metal lead guitar. So you could quite literally call him an actual “Guitar God”!
“You Looking At Me, Looking At You” (Non-LP B-Side, Previously Unreleased in the U.S.) is a bonus track on The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blizzard of Ozz album that was released May 31, 2011. This 30th Anniversary Edition features the original album in its entirety, restored and remastered with 3 bonus tracks. The other two bonus tracks that was wa included are the (2010 Guitar & Vocal Mix Only) of Goodbye To Romance and RR a (Previously Unreleased – Randy Rhoads guitar solo) that clocks in at about 1:13.
Every single Randy Rhoads fan will tell you that this is hands down one of their all-time favorites! On this live version of “Suicide Solution”, Randy unleashes a jaw-dropping guitar solo that lasts over two minutes. Blisteringly fast, showing off his technical skills, while shredding in fluid beauty, live and in person. Randy’s guitar work is just amazing! That’s all I can say! You really have to hear it for yourself. The track is from ‘Tribute’ released in 1987 to honor Randy Rhoads. The recordings came from the Diary of a Madman Tour, which is the tour that Randy passed away on. Any fan of Randy-era Ozzy needs this album, as well as guitar players looking for inspiration!
The live version of Suicide Solution that I played tonight is off the Legacy Edition of the Diary of a Madman album that was also released in May of 2011. And it too includes the original album in its entirety, restored and remastered with a second bonus CD entitled “Ozzy Live” which features a previously unreleased live show from the ‘Blizzard’ tour which has a much rawer sound than the ‘Tribute’ album that was released back in 1987. The guitar work and compositional skills of Randy Rhoads are even more spectacularly impressive in this setting than they are in a recording studio.
Both of these versions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman that I featured tonight are available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a deluxe collector’s box. Which is for serious fans and collectors only! Beyond the music, it is highlighted by a variety of exclusives including an expansive 100-page coffee table book, a two-sided wall-size poster, a precise and detailed full-size replica of Ozzy’s iconic gold cross that he has worn for 30 years and Thirty Years After The Blizzard DVD. The DVD chronicles Ozzy’s years with Randy and features interviews with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Lemmy (Motörhead), Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Rob Halford, Zakk Wylde, Bill Ward and many more. The DVD also contains over 70 minutes of additional rare live performances to include the premiere of more than 30 minutes of newly-discovered never-bootlegged footage of Ozzy and Randy from the Blizzard of Ozz tour shot from the front of the stage at New York’s fabled Palladium on May 2, 1981! There’s so much more Randy Rhoads to be had if you are a die-hard fan!
Long Live the Legacy of the Late Great Randy Rhoads!