Since tomorrow (March 19) marks the anniversary of his tragic death, I am giving you an ALL RANDY RHOADS WEEKEND in BLOW IT OUT YOU OZ, starting tonight at 9pm!
“You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” is the third track off of ‘Diary of a Madman’ the second solo album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. This is the last Ozzy studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored, plus it features an entire previously-unreleased concert performance from the Blizzard of Ozz 1981 US tour. The “Ozzy Live” CD is said to contain some of the last known recordings by Randy. (Originally the song was recorded about Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath manager and soon-to-be-father-in-law, the ruthless British gangster Don Arden. Ozzy claims Randy’s guitar solo on the song still sends chills up his spine!)
“Goodbye to Romance” is the third track from Ozzy’s debut solo album ‘Blizzard of Ozz’, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Ozzy’s first release following his 1979 firing from Black Sabbath. ‘Blizzard’ is the first of two studio albums Ozzy recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. (This version is the remixed guitar and vocal version from the original session tapes for ‘Blizzard’)