Archived News from the Randy-Rhoads.com domain name days.
Late March '09
Hey Everybody, Just wanted to let you all know that there will be some major changes here soon. Going to be redoing the site layout once again, but this time in a searchable more user friendly format, where you can register and post comments. Also at that time I will upload the rest of the boots that I've been wanting to get on a routine of doing, but that just hasn't been able to happen so we're gonna try things a different way. So be on the lookout for some exciting more interactive things on the way.
Here's some of the latest news...
From Des Sherwood at randyrhoads.tk
"Kelle Rhoads told me this week that the Polka dot is on show at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. There is also one of Randy's polka dot QR outfits on display.
With cooperation from the Rhoads family, Dakota Films and Director Peter M. Margolis prepare to bring us the long awaited documentary film on the life of celebrated rock legend Randy Rhoads, arguably the greatest heavy metal guitar player that ever lived.
Three years in the making, this documentary highlights interviews with those closest to Randy as well as reveals never before seen photos and footage of Randy throughout his life.
Peter: There is no official release date... thankfully, because if there was, I would have missed it already. My intent was to try to be finished with the editing by September 1st of this year in order to be able to submit to The Sundance FIlm Festival, then have through the remainder of the year to go back and polish things up a bit before the January 2010 release. However we will see if that comes to pass.
Rocket: Your crew started filming on March 19, 2007, when hundreds of fans gathered at Randy’s grave in San Bernardino, California, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. Is that pretty much where the film will start?
Peter: That is exactly not where the film will start. I filmed that event so that there would be an archival visual memory of that day. I cut a 13 minute piece together that begins with the Rhoads family getting in the car in Burbank and ends with them driving away from the cemetery late in the day. It is a well done short film in and of itself. I will probably use it as a DVD extra. I returned to Randy's grave later that year with Mrs. Rhoads and my film crew and we shot a much more intimate visit with her at her sons burial location. She opened the gates and for the first time the viewer will see what you can't see when you go there to pay your respects. As always she was extremely candid and open with me.
Rocket: Did you work from a pre-shoot script? If so, how much changed as you went along in the production, from what was on paper first?
Peter: There was nothing on paper when we started. However, that is not to say that there was not months of research ahead of filming. AJ and I shared an office with a 10 foot by 4 foot cork board filled with colored index cards with places and people and subjects scrawled all over them and then there were two 6 foot dry erase boards with all other related information that was needed to piece the story together. We sat in this room day after day for 6 months staring at names and dates and story points until we were able to weed out what we felt was unnecessary and try to get the story down to a reasonable length.
Rocket: Did you use storyboards?
Peter: We didn't use storyboards because that medium is generally not used for this type of production. Documentary shooting is much more of a reality based style typically where you arrive at a location, make sure the light levels are right, place the mics where they are out of the shots and go. I have done this enough for the last 23 years to know what I want. Sometimes if you are not spontaneous you lose the moment and that, is really what a lot of the storytelling is about. Catching the right subject at just the right time. Sometimes you capture lightening in a bottle when it is right.
Rocket: About how long does a documentary film of this scope take to edit and who will be handling that job?
Peter: To date we have accumulated over 700 hours of material. We have edited some pieces together. Some are really long and will be chopped down, some will be thrown out. It is really like putting a puzzle together with many extra puzzle pieces that have to be eliminated along the way. Everything that has been edited thus far has all been done by an editor named Joe Lorigo. I had seen his work on a documentary that came out in 2005 called Champion, the Danny Trejo Story and was impressed. He and I have sat for days upon days just screening the material and putting string outs together and creating bins for subjects long before two shots ever get pieced together. It is an exhausting process. We will spend several days on one story point then scrap the whole thing and start over if it does not feel right. Months and months later you start to whittle down the content and the people that become extraneous and you began to come up with a cohesive story. There are parts of Randy's life that we have not even touched yet.....but we will. All in due time.
Rocket: During the post production process, some Directors find themselves having to pull a miracle off to make the film cohesive, well paced and interesting, when discovering they didn’t get the right footage to work with, so they go back out and do some re-shooting. Did you ever find yourself in this position?
Peter: There is one interview that we discovered early on had a sound problem. The mics were over modulating. We were not using our normal equipment because it was being used on another shoot so we rented some different mics and the cameras didn't react to them as well. Fortunately it was one of the interviews that took place in L.A. and we have already discussed a reshoot with the folks involved and there is no problem. As far as not getting some of the material and needing to reshoot for that reason, have not discovered that problem yet. We almost did but I decided to abort that story instead of opt for a reshoot because it was not that critical and no one will ever miss it except me. This is not to say that by the time we are done, we may have to grab the cameras and go out and get a line that we are missing. Fortunately, a lot of that can be fixed with a narrator. But again, I was pretty thorough when interviewing people so the story so far is fairly air tight.
Rocket: What are some of the things about the life of this celebrated rock guitarist that now impress you the most since doing all the research and then the subsequent film production on Randy’s life?
Rocket: Lori Hollen, your partner on the film, seems to really have played quite a role in making this film a reality. How integral has teaming up with her been for this production?
Peter: There were a few steps along the way that led to this film coming about. Talking to Brian Reason one day on a set was the event that led to meeting Lori Hollen. Impressing Lori enough to stick her neck out for me with Randy's brother and sister was the second and lastly, Kathy and Kelle bringing Lori and I in front of Mrs. Rhoads was the third. So yes, this would not have happened without Lori. I am indebted to her forever. But I think if you ask her the feeling is reciprocal. Once we started researching her role became more of an advisor and an outlet to reach many of the people involved with Randy during 1978 and 1979. Lori has been on probably half of the interviews that we shot and has seen every frame that has been cut together so far and we remain in close contact. She is credited as one of the producers of this film and is very deserved of her title.
Rocket: I know you said in our first interview together that Randy’s mom has been helping you with making the film happen. Is she going to be allowed to have ‘final cut’ authority during the editing process?
Peter: No one has final cut on this but me. That being said there are several steps along the way where I have to screen the film for various parties to get their approval. Several people own very critical parts of Randy likeness, life rights, writing and publishing catalog and so on and so forth. But ultimately at the end of day, if it is good, I will take the praise and if it is not I will take the criticisms.
Rocket: I understand that you’ve filmed 80 plus interviews, with Randy’s family and friends and people who worked with him, famous rockers such as Kelli Garni, the original bassist in Quiet Riot; Carlos Cavazo, and Rudy Sarzo. What other famous musicians will appear to celebrate Randy‘s music?
Peter: We have shot 103 interviews and about another 40 or so days shooting b-roll, which consists mostly of locations and driving shots, things like Randy's school room where he attended elementary school. As of the last count we have 32 famous musicians already filmed. I want to leave most of them as surprises. I will say this, we have every member of Quiet Riot and Ozzy's band during the time that Randy was in the band. The only one not accounted for on film is Kevin DuBrow.
Rocket: Roughly, how much old film footage of Randy will we see throughout the film? From the sounds of it, you guys must have had a ton of footage to work with, right?
Peter: That is the million dollar question I am asked on a daily basis. Is there any footage of Randy that has never been seen before? There wasn't as much as you would think to begin with. Three full Quiet Riot shows were filmed at the Starwood and Whisky along with some very early shows like L.A. Valley College, The Pasadena Civic, The Chili Cookoff and Machinists Hall. As for Ozzy there is even less. After Hours and some rough hand held footage shot from a balcony at one of the concerts is what you can find regularly on YouTube. Beyond that, the audience will have to wait until the curtain goes up to see what we have in store for them.
Rocket: Will Randy’s actual voice ever be heard during the film?
Peter: Most likely. I taped every single one of my lessons and he can be heard very distinctly on those tapes. Those have never been heard or released to the public. As well, we were given permission to use John Stix's interviews which to date have only been heard in small fragments. There are other bits and pieces that you can find out there like the backstage footage from the Starwood and the KROQ interview as well.
Rocket: Is it mostly color footage? And what format? Super 8 or 16mm film I would think, right?
Peter: Mostly color and all of the stated formats are accurate.
Rocket: Who is going to narrate the film?
Peter: I'm not sure yet. I have a short list of names, but that is just about the last thing that you worry about at this stage. While we are editing and watching, the narration is provided by me. But we'll take my voice off and replace it before we finish.
Rocket: How many minutes do you estimate the final version of Randy’s film will run?
Peter: Great question. Our first cut of just the Quiet Riot story ran 2 hours and 15 minutes. That is just 5 of the 25 years of his life. The second cut ran just under 2 hours. Ultimately it needs to be about 40 minutes. Most documentaries clock in at around 90 minutes but I can't see this running any less than two hours.
Rocket: Do you think about maybe having showings of Randy’s film to music schools around the U.S.A.? Young kids and adults learning to become a musician should be able to watch it and see what a truly great, yet humble and hard working musician is all about. I feel more of those types need to know about Randy Rhoads.
Peter: That would be great but you never know. You put your film in the hands of a distributor and hope that it reaches the target markets that you want it to reach.
Rocket: When you first took a guitar lesson from Randy Rhoads, what was he like as a teacher? Was he stern or more laid back?
Rocket: I recently interviewed George Lynch, who actually lost out to Randy Rhoads for the Ozzy band. He went on to actually teach at Randy’s mom’s school. Will George be included somewhere in the film?
Peter: George was interviewed about a year and a half ago at the ESP Guitar Factory in North Hollywood. He was a great interview subject as he is very bright and very well spoken but our time with him was somewhat limited due to a scheduling mix up so we only had little more than 1/2 hour. Nonetheless, he was cordial and cooperative.
Rocket: Looking back on it all, what has been the most rewarding moment for you personally during the making of Randy's film?
Peter: A few things, Rocket. There are several people that we interviewed along the way who asked about the whereabouts of lost friends from their past with Randy and we were able to reunite them. Today they have rekindled old friendships. That was very gratifying. There were a few interviews that were so remarkable that the subjects were able to travel down paths many decades ago in their memories and recalled moments with such tremendous clarity. One such interview was with Keyboardist Don Airey who was of the key eye witnesses to the crash of the Beachcraft Bonanza. Don's interview was close to 4 hours and his retelling of that fateful day was emotionally riveting. Tommy Aldridge was incredibly well spoken and clear about his memories as was Max Norman. There was one guitar player from one of the most famous rock bands on the planet who said something that literally took my breath away and then there was Joe Don Rooney, the guitarist for country band Rascal Flatts who will surprise everyone with his knowledge about all things Randy Rhoads and his uncanny ability to play every Randy solo note for note. And the list goes on and on.
|January '09 Quick Update
This Can't Be Real...
oh but it is,... Diary of a Madman Mugs... Ha!
NEW - Diary Of A Madman Mug
Whether you're a madman or not, this C handle 15oz. Mug rocks. A black Ozzy mug that features the Diary Of
A Madman artwork that wraps around this mug.
New Official Randy Rhoads Film Site
Here's the Bootleg for the week!
5.2.81 - Palladium Theater, New York, NY ~ first set
Another note: We had some problems with hackings again here in the past few months so please alert me if you are recieving any further messages from anti-virus programs. As far as I know I've removed anything from our server that could be potentially be detected but I just want to make sure.
Randy-Rhoads.com to mission control...
... We have established communication. Hello all of you out there in TV land. I know its been a quiet year since spring. Been a very eventful year here for your favorite webmaster, from the birth of my first born daughter to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Never fear though we are back online. We've had several hackings and technical difficulties but we are still alive and well! Also, don't forget to check out the Guitar Bar & Grill!
First order of business on the list
From Blabbermouth.net -
Second RANDY RHOADS Sculpture: Photos Available - Aug. 23, 2008
The Randy Rhoads II figure is officially licensed through the Randy Rhoads Charitible Trust. The sculpture has already been completed and approved by the family and KnuckleBonz is in the paint-production phase now. A fall release is expected.
A number of photos taken at Randy Rhoads's gravesite at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA on March 19, 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing have been posted online at this location.
With the blessings of the family of Randy Rhoads, Dakota Pictures and director Peter Margolis began filming the "Randy Rhoads Documentary" last year at the Mountain View Cemetery. In hopes to fully capture the significance of the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing, the filmmakers interviewed as many of Randy's fans as possible.
In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.
(Randy Rhoads II Rock Iconz Statue - Click here to purchase)
Guitar Bar & Grill Forums
Just a quick note as I'm getting some stuff ready for the April update, (bootlegs, new pics for the tatoo section..) Theres a new board up presented to you by randy-rhoads.com. Its the Guitar Bar & Grill Forums, for guitarists and fans of guitar rock. Head on over to GUITARBAR.TK and check it out!
EDIT: I posted the wrong link earlier, the correct link is now fixed to guitarbar.tk
NEW PHOTO GALLERY INSTALLED
I'm finishing up installing a new gallery right now, much better than that old plogger we were using. This one you can actually sign up to post comments. Plus its much less clunky and slow. I'm probably going to be going through soon and sorting out everything into sub albums for specific photoshoots etc under each section.
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March 19, 2008
Heres a few new wallpapers I've made recently inspired by SATO
Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Guitar Legends on news stands now! It's got a few never before seen photos worth checking out!
I'm still planning on uploading all the bootlegs. To be 100% honest I had them all on a hard drive and I can't seem to locate it anywhere in my apartment. Rather than re-ripping them all from the CDs, I'm desperately trying to find it!
Also, please remember to submit any Randy Rhoads fan art drawings or paintings for a new section a la the Tattoo section for you to get your artwork noticed!
Marshall 1959RR Signature Amp Announced
From Des Sherwood at randyrhoads.tk -
Stay Tuned for updated downloads very soon! More bootlegs to come! Also,
Please submit any Randy Rhoads fan art drawings or paintings for a new section a la the Tattoo section for you to get your artwork noticed!
2 Quiet Riot Boots + Quiet Riot Vid Added. Tattoo Section Up!
Lets see here. First off I added 2 Quiet Riot Boots up to the download section. I know I said I was going to do it last week, but its there none the less as soon as I could get to it. Also in the Quiet Riot video section I added a download link to the "VH1's Before They Were Rock Stars" video since youtube.com had removed it due to their own reasons. Pretty big file but its a rare cool thing to have I actually ripped from an old VHS tape I recorded back in about '99.
|November 28, 2007
Kelly Garni Speaks...
"No need to state the obvious. First off I want to thank all of you who either called or emailed me. Im sorry I can't respond to them individually as it would be a huge endeavor. I also want to thank everyone who refrained from jumping to conclusions and starting rumors. This has been a very tramatic tradegy to me and because of the fireworks usually associated with Kevin, I was expecting an avalance of negativity that both me and Frankie usually have to deal with. And I'm happy to say that for the most part, everyone did nothing but express good feelings. Unfortunatley what negativity that did occur was internal and while inconviniate, I was able to handle.
|November 26, 2007
From MTV News
Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow died Sunday, drummer Frankie Banali confirmed in a post on his Web site. DuBrow was 52 years old and the official cause of his death has yet to be determined.
"I can't even find words to say," Banali wrote. "Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."
DuBrow's body was discovered on Sunday inside the rocker's Las Vegas home. According to those close to the singer, DuBrow celebrated his birthday last month in New Orleans and seemed to be in good health. Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni has asked fans to be patient for details on the singer's death.
"I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family," Garni wrote, in a message posted to a Web site honoring the memory of Quiet Riot founding member Randy Rhoads. "I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I'm sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already, within hours of this, having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board, and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will affect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinent info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me."
Bill Chavis, owner of Chavis Records, the label that issued Quiet Riot's last LP, 2006's Rehab, also confirmed the news.
"DuBrow's body was found by friends on Sunday, November 25, in his Las Vegas home," reads the label's site. "As I mourn his death with a heavy heart, I will remember hearing his voice and the music for the very first time on the radio back in 1983. I will remember all the great music Kevin and Quiet Riot gave to so many of us over the years and I will say, 'Thank you, Kevin. May you rest in peace.' "
Credited with helping to launch the 1980s glam-metal scene, Quiet Riot are perhaps best known for their cover of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize," which appeared on 1983's Metal Health and eventually peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was the first by a metal band to reach the chart's #1 position.
Also I know its been a while since updates and I'm getting bad about that again, still working a lot. I'll put up a new batch of downloads to go along with the previous ones soon. I'm also still working on the "Show us your RR Tatts" section but I've only received a few submissions and I know theres more out there!
4 Ozzy Bootlegs Up + Show Us Your RR Tattoo
Ok, well I know I'm a tad late, but better late than never right? Well it was almost unanimous...Rather than doing the vote for the bi-weekly show thing, I went ahead and put up all 4 that were up for the choosing. Now I'm going to go back from the start and put up about 3 or 4 shows every week and we'll see how we do on bandwidth if I can host them all at the same time. So go check out the downloads section for this week's goodies!
Next order of business was inspired by an email I received from a dedicated Randy fan with an image of his Randy tattoo attached to it. The old hamster on its wheel in my head started running full speed and I came up with the idea to put up a section for RR tattoos so email the pictures in to me at
with your first name, and city/state if you like, and I'll start posting them in the events section in about a week. But don't worry, its not a limited time thing. Feel free to send in the pics whenever you can and I'll constantly update the section.
Next Bootleg download....got a better idea
We can keep doing the vote for a show every week, and I'll keep it up after it wins and do a new poll, or I'll start from the beginning and upload a new show every few days or so. Cast your vote Rhoads Freaks! The choice is yours!
Hows it goin out there everyone? Still been working a lot of hours here and got a baby on the way so needless to say I've been busy!
Update : And the winner by a landslide... is now up for download in the downloads section!
Cool News and Setting the Record Straight...
I know its been a while since I posted anything new and I apologize, but i'm working about 70 hours a week now so it makes it kinda hard to find time. With that aside...
As many of you have probably heard by now, theres a Randy Rhoads film documentary in the works directed by Peter Margolis. This was announced right around the time of the 25th memorial (Click Here for info). Personally I'm very excited to see what they come up with. As we all know, news on Randy or anything for that matter is like finding the holy grail.
It's been a while...
I know its been a while there just hasn't been that much new stuff to post...till now.
I'm about half way finished with it and I just can't put it down. Its so great to have new information and new things to learn after all this time. It takes me back to when I was a kid just getting into Randy and how magical the whole time and scene seemed to be. Thanks Rudy!
Also Not sure if everyone was aware but as I hinted around with my last update post, over at randyrhoads.tk there is a bootleg section up with pretty much everything you need now as far as audio goes. Which is why coincidentally I haven't been putting up shows here lately, besides our usual audio downloads available.
Some New Stuff...
Well sorry it took so long for an update. I only recently remembered we never moved over the audio interview section when we revamped the page, so its up and running again..except now its an entire audio section where much awesomeness can be found.
Even More New Wallpapers, Another Bootleg Download, Oh My!
We got some new wallpapers up. I think I'm about out of ideas for a while though... hope you guys dig these. :) Should be a new bootleg up shortly. Its great to be able to do monthly boots like we used to way back when now that the bandwidth problems went bye bye.
New Wallpapers, Bootleg Download, Oh My!
Well Hello fellow Rhoads freaks and Randy-holics. I know its been a while. We've got quite a lot of new wallpapers up here at the site. Check 'em out, they're sure to make your wildest dreams come true! Well maybe not that, but they look really nice.
Also, we've got an AUDIO BOOTLEG up for download. We've gotten a lot of bandwidth issues worked out so we'll see how doing full shows every month again works out.
|April 2nd '06
We appreciate and welcome all feedback. This is yet another step in our direction to bring you the best Rhoads site full of all the information you need.
|March 20th '06
MySpace.com/DiaryOfAnAxeman IS NO MORE
TOM TOOK DOWN OUR PAGE WITHOUT WARNING. WHAT UP WIT' DAT TOM?
However, Tom deemed it necessary to remove our account without notice. we had no illegal content on the page. Yet i went to log in and it had been deleted. thank you again for the messages and comments left. maybe in the future i will have another go at the myspace page.
All Videos Up and Streaming
|Late Dec. 2005
COMING JANUARY 17th
GW CD-ROM Exclusive!
visit GuitarWorld.com for more info and a sample clip of the CD-ROM included with the January edition!
|December 12th '05||
After a very repetative day, the Article section is now up awaiting your reading pleasures. Hopefully in the next few days the Interviews section will follow.
Thanks to everyone for their feeback, and all the great e-mails. A reminder to anyone who may be having trouble viewing any section of the site, please send an e-mail to Webmaster so that we may get any errors with the site sorted out.
Sorry for everything taking so long. We've been trying to work out some of the bugs with the site, and things get a little hectic sometimes. You all know how it goes. ;) We are going to experiment with putting up the entire After Hours show up for download. We've gotten a lot of requests for that, and so we've worked on some possible solutions for bandwidth issues and now we're going to see how things work out. Sorry for skipping out in the middle of the Chicago downloads, but don't worry, they'll be back up.
Also, yes, we still do have lots more planned for the site. Hang in there, we're going to have it all up and running soon!
Rudy Sarzo's Book "Off The Rails - My Adventures in The Land of Ozz"
has been delayed but as soon as we know when it will be out we will let you guys know. This book will contain detailed accounts of Rudy's time with Ozzy and will include much about Randy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KnuckleBonz, Inc. Signs a Licensing Agreement to Create a Randy Rhoads Figure for the Guitar Hero Limited Edition Sculpture Series
Park City, Utah - - June 17, 2004 - - KnuckleBonz, Inc. announced today their plans to create the Randy Rhoads sculpture for the Guitar Hero limited edition collectible figure series. The Rhoads estate has licensed the rights to Randy's image and likeness, which permits the company to create this hi-end, limited edition resin sculpture. The figure is scheduled for release in October of 2004, with pre-ordering available late this summer.
Randy Rhoads is considered to be one of the most talented and influential rock guitarists of all time. His work on the first two platinum selling Ozzy Osbourne solo albums is legendary. Rhoads' combination of metal chops and classical mastery earned him a special place in rock history.
We are honored to be working with the Rhoads family to create a unique piece of artwork that will commemorate Randy's incredible career as one of rock's finest and most talented guitarists, says Tony Simerman, President and Creative Director of KnuckleBonz, Inc. I was lucky enough to see Randy perform just before his passing. I started this company because of my personal desire to collect hi-end, music-based sculpture and have a passion to see that the Randy Rhoads figure is something that will excite his thousands of fans the world over.
The Randy Rhoads collectible will be created using a skilled team of artists to sculpt a remarkable likeness of the guitarist, cast the figure in a polyresin material and then hand-paint each figure in fine detail. All figures in the Guitar Hero series are limited editions and the Randy Rhoads figure will be very exclusive with only 3000 pieces slated for final production.
KnuckleBonz, Inc. also recently announced its licensing agreement with Fender® Musical Instruments Corporation, which permits the company to portray Randy Rhoads with his signature white Jackson® offset-V guitar.
"We are excited about the opportunity to display Randy's image in such an artistic manner," states Ms. Delores Rhoads, mother of the famous guitarist, Randy Rhoads. "We are only interested in projects that will promote Randy's legacy as a musician and artist. This series will do just that."
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