Interview With KELLE RHOADS [Older Brother of RANDY RHOADS and Instructor and Operator of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory] 07/20/2017

Interview With KELLE RHOADS [Older Brother of RANDY RHOADS and Instructor and Operator of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory] 07/20/2017

Kelle Rhoads outside of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017. Contributed section by Michael Gutierrez 2017

****************************************************************************************************

[DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN, NOR DO I CLAIM TO OWN, ANY OF THE PHOTOGTAPHS AND/OR VIDEOS USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS INTERVIEW/ ARTICLE] 

****************************************************************************************************

Painting by Ph Jacquot.

 

[Marc C. Pietrek filed this report for VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com) 09/04/2017] One evening during the Summer of 1982, I was listening to my G.E. one speaker AM/FM radio/cassette-player as I always did. Like many kids my age, I  would always have a cassette tape cued-up just in case one my favorite songs came on. I believe at that time I was waiting  for “Another Thing Comin'” by JUDAS PRIEST to come over the airwaves so I could record it. I turned it off for a little while and came back later on. When I turned it back on KRQR 97.3 The Rocker in San Francisco (R.I.P.),  “Crazy Train”, by OZZY OSBOURNE, was playing. I had never  heard the song before was only jut starting to become interested in heavy metal. Up to that point, my musical tastes favored THE WHO and the ROLLING STONES (still love both bands to this day!) along with early MTV favorites. I remember the few metal-heads I knew had mentioned just how great guitar player, Randy Roads, was and how much it sucked that he had just died in a small plane crash while on tour just a few months before. 

As I started listening to the guitar solo, still one of the most famous in heavy metal and hard rock history, the proverbial light went on in my head. I sat and listened in total amazement. I could not wrap my ears around how lavishly musical it was while at the same time sounding so urgent and aggressive. Like a beautiful symphonic distress signal in the form of a guitar solo. By the time it came back around to the song’s signature riff (one that so many beginning guitar players strive to learn when they first pick up a guitar), I was trying to lift my jaw up off the floor. I could not believe how massively gifted Randy was and even more, that he was now gone at such a young age. To this day, his loss is considered one of the most monumental in modern popular music history.  When guitar players come from every corner of the globe to mediate in in the same room where he instructed guitar as a teenager in his late-teen/early twenties for over thirty-five years after he last played a note, the phrase “profound impact” would not do Randy Rhoads justice.

Randy Rhoads’ virtuosity, fed by his immeasurable love and dedication to the guitar, has become an eternal flame of inspiration to legions of heavy metal/hard rock guitarists world-wide since his tragic passing. The scope of it continues to grow exponentially. He (along with Eddie Van Halen) revolutionized the approach to heavy metal/hard rock guitar playing in the early 1980s at a time when the the genres legitimacy as a relevant music genre was coming into question. Randy added a scholastic element to it and made it about more than just power chords and partying. His groundbreaking, classically-influenced leads and rhythms combined a deep appreciation for jazz, blues and rock  on OZZY OSBOURNE’s ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ [1980 JET RECORDS]and ‘Diary of A Madman’ [1981 JET RECORDS]. It will forever be part of its genetic makeup. They have served as an essential template for many aspiring players over the years since his death. Players that took notice of studious attitude towards playing and, in turn, invested the time  and practice it took to become great and successful players themselves. 

Here are some quotes from some of the guitarists that I have spoken with directly who have been influenced and inspired by Randy Rhoads:

James Murphy [solo, DISINCARNATE, ex-TESTAMENT, ex-DEATH, ex-OBITUARY, ex-CANCER]: “The first couple of songs I heard I was just blown away by. “Over the Mountain” , “Crazy Train”, “Flying High Again”…..All the songs from the first two Blizzard of Ozz albums. I didn’t really come to appreciate what you’d consider  high-tech or “shred” guitar solo playing until Randy Rhoads. That really kind of fired me up!”. 

Phillip Sandoval [ARMORED SAINT]: Well I used to go see Quiet Riot play at the Starwood in Hollywood, I once recorded his guitar solo he did way back then…and a lot of that ended up on the ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ album…I admired him and he was the first guy I heard use classical phrasing in his playing!!! I got to meet him at the Whiskey one time and he was so nice to me…He wasn’t a tall guy at all  but his command of the instrument and the way he played was huge!!! No one like him…and he also was a great showman….he didn’t just stand there playing the guitar….And I miss him to this day”.

Rob Urbinati [SACRIFICE]: “Randy Rhoads was amazing for the couple of albums he put out with Ozzy, especially the ‘Diary Of A Madman’ album. His riffing on that was really influential to both Joe (Rico) and me. It just had that Sabbath-quality, like the song “Black Sabbath” has that kind of evil undertone. Randy Rhoads had a lot of the technicality and stuff, but he had, especially on ‘Diary’ , a lot of riffs that had that undertone to them and it’s really influential to us”. 

Joe Rico [SACRIFICE]: “When I first stated to learn to play solos, the sounds in my head were exactly what I heard in Randy Rhoads. He has always been an influence and I mimic his style in almost everything I play”.

Scott Owen [UNCIVIL WAR, SUBVERSION A.D., ex-HIRAX, ex-PIRANHA, ex-ELIMINATE]: ” Randy Rhoads. Incredible! What can you say? [laughs]. Here thirty-plus years later, we’re still talking about him. That’s how amazing he was”. 

As many heavy metal/hard rock musicians and fans alike have known for going on almost four decades now, this all really began for Randy Rhoads at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC conservatory located in Valley Village (formerly North Hollywood), California. It was founded by Randy’s mother, the late Delores Rhoads, in 1948 and has been owned and operated by the her family ever since. Randy began instructing guitar there (he had 70 students at one point, including future OZZY OSBOURNE and LIZZY BORDEN guitarist, Joe Holmes) and continued teaching there through his stint in the original QUIET RIOT and up to when he joined OZZY OSBOURNE at the end of 1979. Currently, it is being operated by Randy’s older brother, music instructor and classical music composer Kelle Rhoads. Kelle was extremely nice and accommodating when I contacted him about doing an interview with him via telephone a few weeks back. In addition to discussing his legendary younger brother during our interview, we also discussed his own career in the music industry, both as a classical music composer and instructor. at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Comservatory.. 

However, the main purpose of the interview was to discuss the Kickstarter.com fund fundraiser campaign for the renovation of the conservatory. The New England style building has been in need of significant repairs to certain areas of its infrastructure as well as the painting of the exterior and parts of the interior for some time now. In addition to that, there is also the planned opening of the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM In its grand salon area to coincide with this. I first wrote about the Kickstarter.com project back in June (http://vitriolinc.com/the-metal-wire-campaign-for-the-opening-of-the-official-randy-rhoads-museum-and-restoration-of-the-musonia-school-of-music/). This campaign ended up being very successful and is yet another example of proof of how much Randy Rhoads still means to musicians and fans across the world for nearly forty years now. 

_________________________________________________________________________

Kelle Rhoads playing the piano forte at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

01.) M.P.: How long have you been playing classical piano? How long have you been instructing at the Musonia School of Music?

K.R. : Serious classical piano since about the year 2000 and I’ve been an instructor at Musonia, on and off, since I was a teenager. My Mom has had us all teaching down here when we got proficient enough on our instruments and it would be intermittent. I’d come back and teach for a while. I’ve had this position since 2009 where I’ve taken over the directorship of the school and one of my duties is to teach percussion, drums and voice. Not my favorite aspect of the job. I like running the school a little bit better. I think that the teaching takes away valuable time from composition so I don’t mind it if I have a whole ton of students.

Kelle Rhoads intructing a student at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

02.)  M.P.: What notable compositions have you written that people may have heard over the decades that you have been playing classical piano? Are there any that have been composed for symphonies, operas, motion picture films or TV/film documentaries?

K.R.: I have a movie that was made about skateboarders who actually still skateboard after they’re thirty years of age and still actively pursue the sport and that’s called ‘THRASHING AGAIN’. My music is used in that. There was a horror picture called ‘WHITE PAINT’ about a killer clown and my music is prominently featured in that movie and played over the closing credits. (And) I’ve just been approached by somebody making a movie called ‘FADED FLOWERS’, which starts filming in September and they’re going to use my music, too.

M.P.: How did they come to get ahold of you?

Randy’s sister, Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio, and Kelle Rhoads inside the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

K.R.: There’s an actress that’s in that movie. Her name is Donna and she insisted that they use my music and so the guy that is responsible for the motion picture, he heard my music. I submitted some samples and he said, “Yeah! Absolutely I’ll use his music”. And of course I have fours CDs (fifth one on the way) that sell all over the world.

Nice! Can you go ahead and name them off?

K.R.: The first one is ‘TITANIC OVERTURE’. The second one is ‘PORTRAITS of OBLIVION’. The third one is ‘PRIDE & PROFANITY’. And then the last one I came out with is ‘MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION’ and I’m working on my fifth one which will be titled ‘ARCHITECTS of DESTRUCTION’ [EDITOR’S NOTE: I could not locate a graphic image for ‘Titanic Overture’ unfortunately ]

Kelle Rhoads ‘Portraits of Oblivion’

Kelle Rhoads ‘Pride and Profanity’

Kelle Rhoads ‘Magnificent Obseession’

( https://www.discogs.com/artist/2733798-Kelle-Rhoads )

03.) M.P.: Do you compose/arrange parts for any other musical instruments beside the piano?

K.R.: Yes, I do.

M.P.: What instruments would those be? 

K.R.: Depending on the album, horns, women’s choir, men’s choir, violin. I have a lot of violin work. Cello, organ and percussion. Drums.

M.P.: And you’re proficient on all of those instruments?

K.R.: No. What I do, since I can’t really write out the arrangements, is I make guide tapes and I play on the piano what the violin would play or what the soprano will sing or any other aspect. I can play the keyboard instruments and I can do the percussion (but the rest of them are on guide tapes) and then I mix them all together and then that’s the demo for the actual recording session. But principally what I write for is the piano forte, the grand piano. That’s what most of my compositions are centered around.

04.)  M.P.: Have you ever performed live as a soloist or with a symphony orchestra? If so, any specific locations, dates and details that you would care to mention?

K.R.: With a symphony orchestra., no I have not. I’d love, too. Love, too! I’ve performed as a soloist on the electronic keyboard or synthesizer (with the RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED concert series) a little segment where I’m on the stage all alone and I play some classical music or an organ solo or something like that. But with symphony orchestra, I haven’t had that fortune yet.  

M.P.: Have you ever been contacted about possibly doing that?

K.R.: No. Can’t say as though I have.

M.P.: Would you ever consider getting to be a conductor or anything like the?

K.R.: [Laughs] Yeah, but I don’t have any experience along those lines. I would consider doing it, but let’s say I’ve never tried it before. 

M.P.: Is it something that is kind of on your “bucket-list”, so to speak?

K.R.: Mmm, yes and no. I’d be willing to try it. But you know a conductor has a master score and he’s got every single instrument on that score. I don’t know if I can follow a score like that. I don’t know if I have enough skill at this point to be able to do that. I haven’t doing classical music all of my life. It’s only basically been in the last seventeen years. 

05.) M.P.: Have you ever collaborated with any musicians in the rock, jazz or R & B genres? If so, who were the musicians and what were the compositions?

Kelle Rhoads performing at RHOADSFEST with RHOADS TO OZZ (2010).

K.R.: I collaborated with my friend, Monte Pittman, who’s been MADONNA’s lead guitar player for thirteen years. I’ve  played on his solo record. What else? I contributed piano music to a Canadian band called LOUNGE LIZARDS and I’ve even contributed a composition to them. I wrote a composition when I was in Canada and recorded with them. I’m not in the band, but I am a guest keyboard player on just about all the songs. 

M.P.: So you’re kind of like an unofficial member. 

K.R.:  Then there’s another collaboration that turned out really good and that was in a band  called NO SKY TODAY ( https://www.amazon.com/No-Sky-Today/dp/B004I65DE0 ). I played the classical piano parts on that record. To answer your question, it is definitely yes.

M.P.: If I understand correctly, you have a show with another performer coming up soon?

K.R.: We just did that show. It’s two guitar players. Their called A & R, which stands for Andreas & Robert. I opened the show for them which was last Saturday night and it went so well  that they booked us immediately to play again August 12th. 

M.P. That’s great! Where will that performance be?

K.R.: It’s called NOHO BAR and NOHO stands for North Hollywood. It’s a big art district now. They rebuilt it and now it’s a real trendy, upscale art place and it’s connected to this really, really good rib place. About the best place to go ribs around here and that part of it is a restaurant and another part of it is the bar. We did the concert in the bar. My participation in that was just to play the grand piano and sing.

M.P.: Would you say the performance went really well?

K.R: It went really well.

Kelle Rhoads and Rudy Sarzo performing at RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED.

06.) M.P.: As far as rock keyboardist/organists go, do you have any favorites, such as Gregg Rolie (of SANTANA  and JOURNEY), John Lord (of DEEP PURPLE), Rick Wright (of PINK FLOYD), Rick Wakeman (of YES), Steve Winwood, Keith Emmerson (of EMMERSON, LAKE & PALMER) or Geddy Lee (of RUSH)? 

K.R.: I would have to say that all of those you mentioned, probably the one that sticks out the most is John Lord. I was a big fan of his playing. I’m also a fan of Rick Wakeman’s son. He plays in Ozzy’s band now. 

M.P.: Oh, OK. I had no idea.

K.R.: Yeah, and of course I did likeKeith Emmerson’s playing very much. He was really good. Another guy that’s not on that list that plays a type of piano called stride piano, which is kind of like a honkey-tonk  kind of sounding piano,  he’s played with the (ROLLING) STONES a lot, is Chuck Leavell.

M.P.: Oh, OK. That name I am familiar with.

K.R.: Yeah, he’s done a lot of recordings for people and I’m a big fan of his music, too. I also like Elton John, especially his older stuff. Like some of the real old stiff like ‘Burn Down the Mission’ and ‘The Cage’. There’s a couple of other things, too, that really like a lot. Not later in his solo career, but earlier in like in the fist three or four records. Big fan of Elton John’s!

07.) M.P.: What keeps you inspired and motivated to instruct music students after all these years?

K.R.: To keep on making better music. 

M.P.: I can get behind that 100%!

K.R.: To Make it bigger, and better, and more symphonic and to go deeper in my art . To go deeper in my passion for classical music. And as I progress, I’m learning. I take piano lessons still….

Kelle Rhoads on the steps at the entrace to the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

M.P.: Really?

K.R.: Yeah. I’m getting more knowledge and information so I can expand and make better recordings. 

M.P.: Allright. That’s awesome!

Randy and Kelle Rhoads jamming at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

Kelle and Randy Roads at (orinal QUIET RIOT bassist) Kelly Garni’s birthday party.

08.)  M.P.: As I mentioned to you before when I contacted you, your younger brother, original OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist, Randy Rhoads, has meant so much to me as well as LEGIONS of other fans (especially metal/hard rock) guitarists, for four decades now. Did you know back then that when he passed away, that his legacy would be as monumental as it is today and will only continue to grow even more in the future?

K.R.: Before we tackle that, I must say that another person that I highly like his playing is Don Airey.

M.P.: Oh, yeah! Absolutely!

K.R.: Yeah, so I have to include him on that, too. Now to answer your question, the actual answer is “No”. When he was in (QUIET) RIOT, I thought that there were sparks. There were pieces of brilliance that were good. But I never really fully appreciated his playing ‘until I heard the OZZY records. 

09.) M.P.: What was the defining moment, when you knew Randy was destined to be the incredible guitarist that he became?

Randy on-stage with QUIET RIOT.

K.R.: Oh, wow! [Pause] I don’t know if there was a defining moment, but when he did the first of two concerts here in L.A., he sound-checked by himself in this big, huge hall and it was just him and that was quite an experience to hear him fill that hall up with his guitar playing. I had already come to the conclusion that he was brilliant and a virtuoso, but that just sealed the deal. I heard him up there all by himself, just literally sound-checking. That’s all he was doing and that was a real important moment for me and my Mom and my sister. We were the only ones in the audience because it was way before the show.

M.P.: Right! Do you happen to remember what you said to him when he was done when you talked to him afterwards?

K.R.: No, I don’t recall that.

M.P.: Basically, “Dude you’re going to do big things!”?

K.R. Well, I can’t guarantee that I said that [[laughs].

10.) M.P.: Randy was a fan of quite a few other metal/hard rock guitar players. Some of those that I remember him mentioning in interviews or would read/hear about from other guitarists, about how they were influences on his playing or that he admired them, were Michael Schenker, Richie Blackmore, Ronnie Montrose and Gary Moore. Can you tell me what he really liked about those specific guitarists, and would you happen to know who his favorite was out of those four?

K.R.: Those were people he liked, but the people that he liked the most, and I remember this because I remember living up there at the Rhoads house and the people that he would play the most to listen to, were Leslie West (MOUNTAIN), Glenn Buxton from the original ALICE COOPER BAND. He liked Jeff Beck, especially the album Jeff Beck made with Jan Hammer, and Mick Ronson…

M.P.: From DAVID BOWIE.

K.R.: He was influenced pretty heavily by him. But in an interview I heard, he doesn’t claim to be influenced by anybody because he admired certain players and appreciated their work. (But) he made it a point in the interview to say that he felt that he really wasn’t influenced by anybody. 

M.P.: Right. I can understand that. 

K.R.: Another guitar player he like a lot was Bill Nelson, from a band called BE-BOP DELUXE. 

M.P.: Right. I am familiar with them..

K.R.: He liked Jazz players. He liked Earl Klugh. He would listen to different jazz players. He’d listen to all kinds of music and he was always interested in what another great guitar players perspective was, how they approached it. 

M.P.: Right. Is it true that he was a huge fan of Django Reinhardt as well as Wes Montgomery?

K.R.: I know he liked Wes Montgomery. He never mentioned Django Reinhardt. Never mentioned him, so I really can’t say if he was influenced, liked, or admired or whatever. I really can’t say for sure about that. I think he liked Jimi Hendrix, although I never recall him playing any Hendrix music or talking about him. (But) the original bass player in QUIET RIOT, Kelly, who he was really close to, he mentioned that Randy did like Hendrix. 

M.P. Oh, OK.

QUIET RIOT album photo-shoot.

K.R.: Kind of found about that a little bit later. He liked Jimmy Page. He was very blues oriented, so he appreciated Jimmy Page. 

M.P.: That’s awesome! I was always interested in who Randy really liked as players and I remember the Jas Obrecht interview that he did back in 1981. He mentioned a lot of players, specifically the ones that I already mentioned, but I was like, “Wow! He didn’t mention Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page”. So it was kind of weird because a lot of other  metal and hard rock players really prominently mention them, but I had never really heard of Randy being and admirer of their playing. So that’s really interesting. It’s something that I’ve always kind of wondered about that for years. 

K.R.: I think it’s safe to say that the top of the heap would have been Leslie West, Glenn Buxton and Mick Ronson. 

11.) Randy is part of my guitar “trinty” which includes Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour of PINK FLOYD. For me, personally, I have to  ask you, did Randy ever mention David Gilmour  as a player that he admired?

K.R.: No.

12.) The so-called “rivalry” that has intrigued metal/hard rock guitar players for so many years is the one that existed between Randy and Eddie Van Halen. Us fans have only read/heard of a few personal interactions between the two over the years. Would you be so kind as to shed some light onto how extensive the “rivalry” actually was?

Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen: “There wan’t any rivalry at all. That’s some kind of a weird invention that the fans have invented so they have some scenario kind of thing they can talk about. But I actuality, if you want to know the truth, it didn’t exist” – Kelle Rhoads

K.R.:  Sure. It didn’t exist. Randy thought Eddie was a great player. No rivalry. 

M.P.: He just really respected him as a player?

K.R.: Yeah. There wan’t any rivalry at all. That’s some kind of a weird invention that the fans have invented so they have some scenario kind of thing they can talk about. But I actuality, if you want to know the truth, it didn’t exist. 

13.) M.P.: Can you can confirm the story about Randy and Eddie running into each other at a local Southern California music store?

K.R: I never heard of that. I don’t think Eddie OR Randy would need to go to a record store to buy a record. They could just order it from the record company and they would just send it to them without charging them. They were both very accomplished artists and all Randy would have had to do was call somebody at a record company and say who was if he wanted that record.

The one and only time bothe QUIET RIOT and VAN HALEN shared the same stage. Look at the price of admission!!

14.) M.P.: George Lynch [DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB] was another one of Randy’s contemporaries. What was the extent of their relationship and was their any sort of rivalry between them or did they mutually respect each other’s abilities and were “cool” with each other?

K.R.: Randy thought George Lynch was the best player in L.A., and he said point blank that George Lynch was the top dog, even over him and Eddie. And when he left to go work with Ozzy, he turned all of his students over to George Lynch. 

M.P.: I know George taught there for a while. How long did George actually teach at Musonia for?

K.R.: Less than two years.

M.P.: Do you remember anything specific about his tenure as an instructor there? 

The BLIZZARD of OZZ: (Left to right) Bob Daisley, Lees Kerslake, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads).

K.R.: No, I  wasn’t really coming here all that often  when George was teaching here. I don’t ever remember seeing him here. I didn’t work here. I was driving trucks then. I didn’t work here and I didn’t have too much reason to come here unless my Mom would call me and say, ” Come down and help move a piano” or, “I got some new instruments in. Would you help me unload them?”. I don’t remember seeing George here, but I know absolutely for a fact that he did teach here.

15.) M.P.: What did Randy tell you about his audition for the BLIZZARD of OZZ (the nickname for OZZY OSBOURNE’s band) ?

K.R.: Well, he told me what OZZY told me, and what happened was he was convinced to go down to where Ozzy was staying at a hotel and play for him and Randy didn’t want  to do it. He got talked into it. So he went down and he was tuning up, doing some arpeggios and Ozzy stopped him and said, “You got the job. You are the greatest guitar player that I’ve ever seen in my life!”. What you might know is that Randy wasn’t Ozzy’s first pick. Ozzy wanted Gary Moore, the THIN LIZZY guitar player, and he had to pass it up because he was doing his own solo record at that time. 

The BILZZARD of OZZ practicing.

M.P.: And that’s when he had just left THIN LIZZY.

K.R. : And that’s when he had just left THIN LIZZY. So Ozzy had flown to New York, couldn’t find anybody. Came out here, didn’t find anybody. Was getting ready to go back to England and then the bass player from a band call SLAUGHTER suggested that he see Randy. 

M.P.: And that’s Dana Strum, correct?

K.R.: Right, and so Randy got the gig [laughs]

M.P.: Wasn’t he the very last person to audition? 

K.R.: Last guitar player.

UK flyer for early BLIZZARD of OZZ show.

M.P.: Didn’t it happen really late at night like midnight or one o’clock in the morning?

K.R.: I think it did happen after ten o’clock at night, yeah. Randy had to get done teaching here before he could go down there over the the hill to Beverly Hills where  OZZY was staying. And then a couple of days later, because OZZY wanted to make sure that it would all work out in a band situation, he auditioned Randy again. Frankie Banali  played drums and the bass player that got him the audition, he played bass. That’s when Ozzy was sure after that.

M.P.: So he actually auditioned him twice then?

K.R.: Correct

Randy at RIDGE FARM STUDIOS, U.K.

M.P.: Wow! That is something that something I that I’ve never heard of. I think a lot of fans worldwide are just assuming that he got the gig just based on that really short original audition. That’s something I never knew.

K.R.: No, he auditioned with a band situation, which was hard, so he could hear what it sounded like playing with him. While Ozzy was singing, Randy was playing guitar. 

M.P.: Gary Moore had talked about how he talked with Randy about the Ozzy job. Do remember if Randy had ever said anything about the conversation that he had with Gary Moore about the gig?

Randy and Bob Daisley at RIDGE FARM STUDIO, U.K.

K.R.: No, I never heard that before. I’m quite sure Randy never met Gary Moore. 


16.) M.P.: Bob Daisley was also a huge part as to why both ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of A Meadman’ are both considered as classic and benchmark albums in the heavy metal and hard rock genres because he wrote the bass-lines and the lyrics. How was Randy’s relationship with him, both personally and creatively while they were both in “the BLIZZARD OF OZZ”  together?

K.R.: It was great! It was great! Randy really respected the opportunity to get to work with a guy like that. Yeah, it was really good! It was a really good relationship and I’m very close friends with Bob Daisley.

M.P.: Of course there’s Randy’s guitar playing, but Bob, as far as I’m concerned, was just a huge part because his bass-lines are pretty memorable and I don’t think Bod Daisley gets enough credit for technical ability as he actually really should. 

K.R.: And he wrote the lyrics!

M.P.: Absolutely! It’s a testament to Bob Daisley’s creative brilliance. 

K.R.: I’ll go along with that a hundred percent! I think he’s great! Before he started working with him, he was in a band that Randy and I liked a real lot called  WIDOWMAKER. 

M.P.: Right, I remember that. Was Randy a fan of his work when he was in RAINBOW?

K.R.: Yes

Oaland-Alameda County Colliseum, Oakland. California 07/04/1981.

M.P.: Did he ever mention Ronnie James Dio as one of his favorite vocalists?

K.R.: Yes, he did. 

M.P. Anything that you remember him specifically saying about Ronnie?

K.R.: That he was the high watermark of metal singers. He thought that Ronnie was top of the line and loved him. 

M.P.: That’s awesome. I know that Ronnie had a pretty extensive classical background and I always have wondered what it would have been like if Randy and Ronnie would have ever worked together.

K.R.: That would have been amazing!

M.P.: I’m in agreement with you on that one!

18.) M.P.: Any thoughts on how the songwriting could have possibly been between Randy, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge had he not passed away?

K.R.: Those people weren’t going to write songs together. Randy was going to do another record with Ozzy and Bob Daisley was going to come back to do the record. 

M.P.: Wow! That’s something I never knew about.

K.R.: Yeah. Rudy Sarzo doesn’t write music. He’s just a session player. A higher hand. A great one! He’s worked with just about everybody, but Rudy doesn’t write music and I’m pretty sure that Tommy Aldridge doesn’t either. So what you’re asking me wouldn’t have happened. 

Randy and (bass player) Rudy Sarzo.

M.P.: I’ve heard that Tommy Aldridge was one of Randy’s favorite drummers. Is that true? 

K.R.: Yes.

BLIZZARD of OZZ, mk II: (Left to right) Rudy Sarzo, Tommy Aldridge, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads.

M.P.: And that goes back to when he was playing in BLACK OAK ARKANSAS?

K.R.: Yes. Randy always liked Tommy, especially as a live stage drummer in band. He always thought a lot of Tommy Aldridge, very much so.

M.P.: I saw a video of Tommy playing with WHITESNAKE a year or two ago and it’s amazing that he keeps going like he did over thirty-plus years ago. It’s like he hasn’t missed a beat in all this time. 

K.R.: No. He’s a great drummer. No doubt!

M.P.: Absolutely! Definitely on my favorites of all time.

19.) M.P.: There have been conflicting stories over the years as to how good the relationship were, both personally and creatively, between Randy and Ozzy. Based on what Randy told you, how good were they?  

K.R.: They loved each other. LOVED each other! It was really, really, really a symbiotic relationship, because what Ozzy did was he allowed Randy a spot on the world stage. He gave him a platform where everybody could see him and appreciate just how truly great he was. Ozzy, on the other hand, had been kicked out of BLACK SABBATH for like the third or fourth time. People were already starting to write him off. He was a drunk, a drug addict. People just didn’t feel like he would really go on successfully and so what Randy did was he helped Ozzy as much as Ozzy helped him and they loved each other. Every time I see Ozzy, he tells me, “I think about your brother every single day”. Another aspect that will be interesting to you since you seem to have only fifty-percent accurate information from what I can gather, is that Randy was NOT going to leave Ozzy’s band. He was going to get his degree in classical guitar studies and he was going to come back into the band and make more records. He was just not going to tour for a while. If you just read magazine articles, especially if you just read magazine articles, and you’re going to write a book, a lot of your information is going to be wrong, because in magazine articles they don’t do that kind of research like they do in books. Or I should qualify that by saying books that are well researched and well written. I read a book that by the time I reached a hundred and forty-seven, I spotted seventy-two inaccuracies. So you just can’t go an magazine articles alone and you really need to dig a little bit deeper. So that’s why the myths or untruths get out there because people quote somebody saying something that actually didn’t happen that way. That’s pretty common. That happens with all artists. I can recommend some books for people to read if they want to get the real story.

M.P.: Can you do that right now?

K.R.: I can. First of all, the best book to read was written by the original bass player of QUIET RIOT (Kelly Garni) who was in bands with Randy before QUIET RIOT and that book is called ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’. You can find it on Amazon. Another really good book is Bob Daisley’s book, ‘For Facts Sake’. It’s about his career, but it touches quite extensively on his time with Randy. And another good book is ‘Off the Rails’, written by Rudy Sarzo. 

M.P. God book! Really good book!

K.R.: Good book.

M.P.: How was Randy’s relationship with Rudy?

K.R.: Oh, it was really good. They liked each other a lot and the families relationship with Rudy is still really, really good. He’s almost like a family member. I work with him to this day. We do stuff together sometimes. He really liked Rudy. Rudy thanks Randy for his entire career. I’ve heard him say that many times. 

M.P.: I just get the impression that nobody can ever say a bad thing about Rudy. He’s just genuinely a good dude. An incredible bass player, but an even better person.

K.R.: Really, really nice guy! Really super nice guy. Never heard him say a bad word  about anybody, like musicians, stuff like that. He really keeps it classy. The word that immediately comes to mind when I think of Rudy. Very, very, very classy.

 

M.P.: And pretty funny, too.

K.R.: Yeah.

20) M.P.: Some people have stated that Randy really took his playing to whole new level when he studied classical guitar in England in between recording the ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of A Madman’ albums. In your opinion, do you believe this to be true, or do you feel that he had already done that when he joined OZZY’s band, and that him taking those lessons was just part of that overall progression that he had made At that time?

Randy Rhoads: the musician’s musician.

K.R. I think that when he started studying the classical music with the guitar teachers, I think that it did improve his game. I think that it did give  him a wider reach. He wanted to get very into classical music and I have no doubt that had he lived a little bit longer, her probably would have made some classical records. I have no doubt. And of course, it’s not unusual at all  for Randy to get back deeper into the roots of the family and to pursue classical music. My mom played classical music. My father played classical music. The music in family goes back two-hundred years. I myself, in many interviews have explained the differences between classical and metal like this: classical music is the ocean. Metal music is a small wading pool in somebodies back yard  with urine and shit in it.

 

M.P.: (laughs) Never heard that. That’s interesting.

K.R.: That’s honestly how I feel. If that offends your metal people who are looking or listening or whatever they do, that’s too bad. I work at 12111 Tiara in Valley Village. Come talk to me about it.

M.P.: Ok, Well, that’s your opinion.

K.R.: My opinion. Classical music is everything. Everything started with classical music. You can’t tell me, and I like JUDAS PRIEST, I like QUEEN, but I mean, come on! You listen to an opera by (Giuseppe) Verdi. Now that’s music. That’s sublime. My opinion. Or an opera by (Giacomo) Puccimi or music by (Frans) Liszt. Come on! We’re not comparing apples with apples anymore. We’re comparing gold with chicken shit. 

 

21) M.P.: Do you think he would have ever wanted to collaborate with David Bowie or Alice Cooper (two of his favorite artists)?

K.R. I think Randy would have jumped at the chance to play with Alice Cooper in a hot minute and I know Alice Cooper felt the same way because he told me.

M.P.: What about David Bowie?

K.R.: And Bowie. I’m sure he wouldn’t have turned Bowie down. Oh, my God! I mean Bowie was just such a huge influence and such an amazing composer and musician. I can remember listening to the ‘Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. We would listen to that record over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Randy and I saw David Bowie in 1972…’72(!!)..at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and at that time it was only two-thirds full. 

M.P.: Wow! For David Bowie. Really?

K.R.: Saw the whole ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ tour and then I didn’t get to go to this, but Randy went the very next year. By the time a year had passed,  David Bowie Had gotten huge and he saw David Bowie I believe at the Long Beach Auditorium or sports center or something like that, but it was a much bigger concert  and he heard him do the ‘Aladdin Sane’ record. 

M.P.:  Do you happen to know what he thought about David Bowie’s material like “Heroes” and “Ashes to Ashes” or anything like that?

K.R.: Can’t say as I ever heard him comment on that. What year did “Heroes” come out?

M.P.: I believe 1976. [EDITOR’S NOTE: “Heroes” was released in 10/14/1977]

K.R. OK, I really in all honesty can’t say I ever heard him comment on that. He liked all the music from ‘Spiders’. He liked ‘Aladdin Sane’…

M.P.: ‘Hunky Dory’?

K.R.: Yeah. Cuts of ‘Hunky Dory’. Going back even further, he like cuts off ‘Man Who Sold the World’, “Width of Circle”, He was a fan! He was definitely a fan! Had he had the chance to record with him, I’m sure would have jumped on it. Had he had a chance to record with Alice Cooper, I KNOW, I know for a fact, he would have gone for that in a hot minute.

M.P.: That incredible!

K.R.: Yeah.

22.) M.P.: Are there any metal/hard rock guitar players that you believe Randy would  have possibly been influenced by or at least admired in the future had he not passed away when he did, specifically Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde?

K.R.: Um, Hard to say. I don’t want to put words in his mouth. I’m sure he would have admired Yngwie’s virtuosity. That’s who my wife likes. She’s a huge Yngwie fan. And by the way, I’ve met him a number of times and he has been nothing but very, very cool to me me. He’s been very, very, very nice. Very gracious. 

M.P.: Yeah, I think he’s gotten a bad wrap over the years. He comes across, when I watch interviews with him on YouTube, as a pretty likable guy, you know?

K.R.: Yeah, well my experience was really good with him. I think that there’s a few new people coming up, and there’s not too many new bands that I’m excited about, but there’s this one kid that I played with in Detroit. He’s in a band called CITIZEN ZERO. His name is Sammy Boler , and I think Randy would really see the potential in this guy like I did. This guy is a guy to watch out for. 

M.P.: All right ! I’m definitely going to check him out! Do you happen to have any thoughts on what he would have thought about Zakk Wylde?

K.R.: I really can’t say.  Think that he would have thought that Zakk looks like a Viking. I really don’t want to speculate on that because it’s hard to say. I don’t know what my brother would say about him. I really don’t. He certainly isn’t my favorite interpreter of Randy’s music with Ozzy. 

M.P.: Really? Out of all of the guitar players had since Randy, who do you think does the best interpretation of his material with Ozzy?

K.R.: Jake E. Lee

M.P.:Really?

K.R.Jake E. Lee doesn’t get enough credit. He’s really, really brilliant! The only thing is, he’s  one of those artists that shoots himself in the foot. He doesn’t do enough to promote his own career and sometimes he’s not real consistent. Like he’ll just drop off the radar for a couple of years.He’s actually a great guitar player.

M.P.: Definitely! 

K.R.: I can’t imagine my brother knowing him as well as I did. I can’t imagine my brother not really liking Tracii Guns. I think that he would have really appreciated his playing. I don’t really want to speculate on anybody else because I don’t want to speak for him. I don’t want to put words in his mouth because this is how things get perpetuated in a bad way. You might ask me that and I might say, “Yeah, I think he’d love Zakk Wylde” and somebody might write that in a magazine and you’re putting words in somebodies mouth and I really try not to do that. I respect my brother too much to try to speak for him along those lines. I can tell you who he liked who was alive and that Randy listened to like Leslie West and Glenn Buxton, but that’s because I know for a fact he liked those people because I was around and saw it. I really don’t want to speculate on somebody that Randy would have never heard.

M.P.: Bernie Torme was the original replacement for Randy immediately after he passed away. 

K.R.: Correct.

M.P.: He comes from a different school of guitar playing. I’ve watched YouTube videos where he’s talke about his time in Ozyy’s band and that when he joined the band, for him it was kind of like jumping off the deep end and he did the best could and after a few shows, he finally started to get his feet under him. If you’ve had a chance to hear any bootlegs over the years of his playing with Ozzy, do you feel that he did a pretty admirable job given the circumstances?

K.R.: Never heard any of that music. Can’t comment.

M.P. I gotcha.

K.R.: Nice guy. I know him. Real nice guy! You know what really spooked him was that pedal board.

M.P. Yeah! Now I know the story, but can you elaborate on that?

K.R.: There were problems with the pedal board and I remember him worrying about it, like wondering what was it going to do, what noises was it going to make and sure enough, when Bernie took his place, he did so in such a quick manner they let him use pedal board before it was shipped back to us, which shouldn’t have happened. But anyway, he got over here and he he didn’t have equipment so he needed to borrow the pedal board and it just freaked him out. I mean it kind of went off when it wanted to and that freaked him out. What he told me was that sealed the deal. He said, “I don’t belong here. I shouldn’t be doing this”. So that was a very short thing. 

Randy’s rig run-down for the 1981-1982 ‘Diary of A Madnan’ Tour.

M.P.: Any thoughts on Brad’s (Gillis, of NIGHT RANGER) interpretation of Randy’s material?

K.R.: I think Brad’s a brilliant guitar player. I’ve sat in at the recording studio and watched him track solos and he’s amazing. He’s a really, really, really, really good guitar player!

M.P.: Yeah, he is. A buddy of mine and I were talking about Brad and Jeff Watson  (NIGHT RANGER). I said in retrospect , I really think that Jeff Watson probably would have been the best replacement for him. You care to respond to that?

K.R.: I’ve heard Jeff Watson play my brothers music because he’s one of the guitar players that we sometimes use in RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED, which is a tribute to Randy with different prominent guitar players all playing different songs that Randy composed. He’s really good, especially I recall a couple of times when he interpreted some of my brothers music with Alex Skonick [TESTAMENT, EXHIBT: A] and really, really, really good stuff! He obviously had a real passion to be able to play my brothers music.

23.) M.P.: Has your family ever been contacted in regards to fans donating any live, full-concert footage over the years? And if so, if fans do come forward, where contact you to donating any of the material?

K.R.: Evidently, there was a pair of brothers who lived in Arizona actually who had some pretty good concert footage. They wanted to know if we wanted to buy it and it was way too much money. So we told them, “No”, but Sharon Osbourne  did end up going ahead and buying it. Outside of that, I don’t think anybody has anything that would be worth looking at. The concert footage that I’ve seen is all really poor quality.

M.P.: Right. I’ve scoured YouTube for many hours over the years, trying to find any full-concert footage of Randy playing with Ozzy besides the ‘Tribute’ recording  and it’s just so hard to come by that when you actually do find some video that does have sound with it, the quality is just not all that good. 

K.R.: No. I’v seen footage from people who’ve snuck cameras and stuff into the theaters. I haven’t seen anything that’s worth putting out there. It’s poor quality. Very bad quality.

24.) M.P.: You’re involved a lot with the RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED events that are held each year in Southern California. I know that you play in these concerts. Do you have any other involvement with the shows?

K.R. Oh, I have to come out and speak and tell a couple God damn Randy stories [EDITOR’S NOTE: this was said in a joking manner, not in an angry manner] . I sing the old QUIET RIOT songs. They kind of want to stay away from those. I don’t see WHY (?), if Randy was such a big favorite, I would think that people would want to hear some of the other music he did, too. So I sing a few of the old QUIET RIOT tunes and by that, I mean during the time that Randy was in the band. And then I come out later in the evening and I do a big gothic organ or piano solo. 

25.) M.P.: This is the part of the interview that really does mean the most to me. It’s been great talking about Randy, but now comes the part that really is the sole purpose of me interviewing you. Please tell me about the restoration project fundraiser campaign that is in the works for the MUSONIA SHOOL OF MUSIC, located in North Hollywood , California and was opened by your mother, Delores Rhoads, and where Randy instructed and you do as well now. Please also discuss the inclusion of the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM inside the confines of it. Can you discuss how much money really needs to be raised to  get the school of music and museum EXACTLY the way you want it?

Front view of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

K.R.: The restoration is primarily to take the photos, memorabilia and stuff displayed in the grand salon (which is a room built principally to do recitals and performances) out and put it in its own space. In other words, we’d be taking the memorabilia for my Mom as well, not just for Randy, and using what is now a warehouse to house and showcase those things. That’s  going to be a big effort because there’s a lot of stuff to go through. Not to just pick for the museum, but also to get rid of pianos and acoustic guitars and sheet music and all kinds of stuff that is inside that room and that needs to be completely gutted and cleared out so that we can build this museum. There are other parts of the school that need paint and restoration and we’re going to do that as well. The Kickstarter was much more successful than we thought. I don’t wan to discuss monetary figures with the general public, but it was WAY more successful than we thought. But to be really be able to do this right, we would need about twenty grand.

 

The MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory (1948)

M.P.: OK

Delores Rhoads teaching at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory. A young randy Rhoads can be seen next to the piano.

K.R.: The school’s going to be seventy years old in January and there are parts of it that were only painted originally and have never been painted since. 

M.P. Ok. So it definitely needs it!

K.R.: There is a lot of restoration work. Most structural , but a lot of paint and a lot of other things. Preserving the wood and things like that

Instruments on display at the MUSONIOA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

.

M.P.: If by chance there is a huge amount of money that exceeds the twenty-thousand dollars, is there a possibility of the school being expanded , like an add-on room or rooms to the school because there’s extra funds? Is that something that has been discussed?

K.R.: No. The school’s going to stay exactly like it is structure-wise. 

26.) M.P.: Are monetary donations only being accepted for it, or can supplies and services also be donated Like from local Home Depots or contractors in the area that would like to go ahead and contribute?

Randy Rhoads memorabillia on display at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

K.R.: That’s a pretty good question! Monetarily, people can donate even  thought the Kickstarter is finished, they can write a check and send it to us here at MUSONIA and will definitely accept it and will use for the purpose that we’ve been discussing. Absolutely! And I’ve had a lot of people call up and they’re contractors and they love Randy Rhoads and blah, blah, blah, and they’ll come down here for free. They’ll  do all the work and they’ll bring a crew. That’s not going to happen.

M.P.: OK

K.R.: That’s a pipe-dream. I’ve talked to a couple of them and you know, when something’s too good to be true [pause], it usually is. 

M.P.: Right.

K.R.: There’s a reason for that saying. If you’re telling me  that you’re a really successful contractor and you’re going to gather up a crew, you’re going to buy round-trip airplane tickets for them, you’re going to put them in a hotel, you’re going to feed them and then they’re going to come here everyday for two weeks and work for free. Ain’t going to happen! Monkeys are going to fly out of my ass before that happens.

More Randy rhoads memorabillia on display at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

M.P.:  Right. Well, I figured it may be a good question to ask in case anybody is interested, but your answer does make a lot of sense though. 

K.R.: Yeah. We’re dealing with reality here. Somebody is a big, huge Randy fan and and they happen to listen to his his music everyday so he’s going come out here and build us a gold palace. Thank you very much. Ain’t going to happen!

 

Music intruments and Randy Rhoads memorabillia on display at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory..

M.P.: I understand. 

K.R.: Not only that, there’s no way to check whether that person really, really is able to do it. It’s one thing for somebody to call up and say, “I’ll paint your place. We want people who are licensed and bonded  and we want to see examples of their work and we want people who will take the utmost care. This is a rather unique building . It’s very intricate. It was built in a Cape Cod style and it is not something that somebody just comes out here and smoke a joint and takes a paintbrush and splashes on some paint and then they’re done. It’s not that way. It has to be almost be looked at like a work of art.

Back-side view of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

Side-view of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

M.P.: Absolutely! Would be fair to consider the school a conservatory, correct?

K.R. Yes! It would be fair to call it that. It very much is. That would be accurate.

27.) M.P.: Has there ever been any discussion about opening something close to the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM at U.C.L.A. and/or CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE?

Randy Rhoads businees card for teaching guitar lessons at the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory.

K.R.:  CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE and U.C.L.A already have a monetary gift for people who compete in the Classical Guitar Studies program. They compete and then we then look at five, six, maybe eight aspiring classical guitar students and my sister and I  will award a monetary grant to the person or persons that win the competition and it’s ongoing and it’s every year. 

Randy Rhoads hand-written guitar lessons.

Randy Rhoads hand-written guitar lessons.

Randy Rhoads hand-written guitar lessons.

M.P.: That’s awesome! That’s really, really cool!

28.) M.P.: Are there any last things that you would like to say to Randy’s fans out there in the world?

K.R.: Yeah! Listen to classical music! 

M.P.: I gotcha. Anything else besides that?

K.R.: Nope.

M.P.: Ok. Well, I have to tell you that I Grew up around classical music myself. My father , every Saturday morning waking up as a kid , I can remember him downstairs listening to classical music. At that time, I didn’t get it. I never thought that I’d like it. Then all these years later, a lot of what I listen to around the house is not heavy metal and hard rock all of the time. It’s a lot of internet classical music radio that I listen to.

K.R.: I’m glad to hear it!

M.P.: Yeah, I really can’t understand stand how a lot of people, and of course aid that as a kid that I could not really appreciate it, but I can’t understand how people my age can’t get it and don’t even want to give it a chance. I say the same thing about country music. I’m a through-and-through metal-head but I like a lot different genres and I never thought I’d like country music either and that’s something that I really like, too, and jazz music as well. I just really think that you’re going to become a much more well-rounded person if you don’t limit yourself to just metal and hard rock. It really baffles me how some people can be so closed-minded because there’s a lot of really, really incredible music!

K.R.: I’ll set you straight on that. People like shit! Do you watch TV? What do you watch on TV? Do you like those reality shows like ‘The KARDASHIANS’?

M.P.: No. I like ‘The FIRST 48’.

K.R.: People like shit and people are like sheep. And so one sheep likes the shit, so the rest of the sheep like the shit. Once in a while, somebody explores something they’ve never heard before and they may put on a Beethoven CD or record or whatever the fuck. I don’t know. People get music from clouds or whatever. I don’t really even understand the technology and I don’t want to.  But somebody accidentally hears something  or they go to a movie and they hear the music and they hear something from Beethoven or they hear something from Mozart and the go, “Whoa! I really, really love that! That’s how people can hear something and it opens a whole new door for them. 

M.P.: Yeah.

K.R.: But usually, generally speaking, people like shit. Best example there is: rap music. Rap music isn’t even music. Come on! The three requirements for music are melody, rhythm and harmony. That’s what you need to make music. Somebody speaking, not even singing, not even playing an instrument and writing a song about slapping up my bitch, is not music. I don’t consider that music.

M.P.: Right! I Totally concur! Kelle, I really want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

K.R.: No Problem.

M.P.: I’m probably boring you to death with it, but again, it just really means a lot to me. Just being a fan of your younger brother for so many decades.

K.R.: Let me say it was an honor to talk to you.

M.P. Really [Laughs]???

K.R.: Thanks for putting up with me for an hour. 

M.P.: No problem [laughs]! Thanks for putting up with me!

K.R.: And I have a little bit of advice for you and for your audience.

M.P.: Yes?

K.R.: When it comes to things, not just Randy, but artists in general, who did what? When did they do it? Whether they did or not? Here’s the yardstick: Don’t believe ANYTHING that you read or hear from someone else and only believe fifty-percent  of what you actually see with your own eyes. 

M.P.: OK. I can get behind that. You’ve been around a long time and…

K.R.: I definitely have. I left the thirteen of fourteen minutes that I spent at junior college and got one one of the greatest jobs in my life working at CAPITOL RECORDS in the tower as a mail boy. Learned all aspects of the music business from the people that were successful in the music business. Met managers, met promoters, met artists. I perform myself. I am a composer for music principally devoted to the piano forte. I’ve been around since I was born in this conservatory as we’ve agreed to call it. I’ve been around music my whole life. I’ve been performing for over forty years. I’ve been to the “rodeo” a couple of times. I have been to the “rodeo”.

M.P.: Yeah, you certainly have, sir. I think a lot of people could lean a lot from just listening to you.

K.R.: Yeah, well one mans opinion of course, but like I’ve said, I’ve been around it. 

M.P.: Absolutely! Kelle, I really hoping that I can help out in some way with the restoration. 

K.R.: I hope you can, too!  I’d be glad to take all the money you  want to give us!!

M.P.: I can’t think of a better way to help preserve Randy’s legacy than to help out with this.

K,R.: Let me suggest something to you that you may find interesting. When we are done, and that’s quite a while from now, but when we’re all done with everything , would you consider coming out here and doing an article on the finished product? 

M.P.: Absolutely!!! In fact I was a little hesitant. I didn’t know how you’d feel about it, but you basically brought up something that I wanted to ask you but I was too nervous to ask.

K.R.: Well, when we’re all done with everything, you have my permission. Of course, I would let you know, to come out here and to write an article on how it all turned out and you can even film video if you want. 

M.P.: Absolutely, sir!! I saw how nice you were when Frank Hannon from TESLA stopped by a few years ago.

K.R.:. My Mom and him got along with him like a house on fire. You would think that those two people knew each other from a former life. They got along like a house on fire. He was a very, very nice man. 

Delores Rhoads, mother of Tandy Rhoads and the founder of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory, with Randy’s black Jackson Concorde model guitar (later re-named the Randy Rhoads model).

M.P. Yeah. I really liked how respectful he showed you and your Mom. I’ve heard things about him over the years and they’ve all been good. Seeing that video just cements it in my mind how nice of guy Frank Hannon is. And I noticed the same thing. They seemed to gel really well. It was really cool to see.

K.R.: It kind of come across in the video, but it’s genuine. In summary, I do have just a parting phrase for all the heavy metal and hard rock fans that are listening or get to read or get to experience this interview. My parting phrase to them is. “God bless, Franz Lizst!”.

M.P.: Awesome! 

K.R.: All right!

M.P.: Kelle, thank you so much, sir! I really appreciate you taking the time, I know that you didn’t have to do it. It was very nice of you to do it. This will always be a highlight of mine on the journey to where I want to go with this thing! No matter how far I go, this will always be a highlight of mine, sir!

K.R.: Great! Glad to hear it! That’s very nice. It was nice speaking with you and I hope you’ll let me know what your audience’s reaction was. 

M.P.: Absolutely I will! I’ve talked to a number of people and I’ll tell you one last thing and I’m going to mention this in the article. I work with guy named Mike. He’s twenty-six years old. Kid from Portland, Oregon. Really nice guy. Guitar player. I ran into him at work just a few days ago. I said to him, “Hey, Mike! You know who Randy Rhoads is?”. He says, “Dude! Randy Rhoads is the reason why I’m buying a white Les Paul!”. That just tells you how much Randy has transcended the generations.

K,R.: Yeah, we’re well aware of that. 

M.P.: Kelle, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me and it was great to get to know a little bit about you and your career in music. It’s something I think a lot people will find very interesting. 

K.P.: [Laughs]. Hope so. Alright.

M.P. You take care and be safe, sir!

K.R.: You, too, Marc!

****************************************************************************************************

[If you would like to make monetary donation to the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory, contact Kelle Rhoads at (818) 761-0521 Tuesday through Friday, 2:00PM – 8:00 PM PST].

****************************************************************************************************

 

 A friend of mine, Michael Gutierrez, was nice enough to contribute to this article as well:

“I remember it like yesterday. I watched this video of a live performance of “Crazy Train”. It was for a TV show I can’t remember the name of. But they start playing, and Randy has got this beautiful sort of cream-ish color Les Paul. And he’s wailing on it, just giving it hell man. My mind was blown. I mean it was like art, the way he handled that guitar. I could not BELIEVE the sounds he got from it. I’m sitting there with my hands on my face in disbelief. So I immediately see another video of him playing a solo when he was with Quiet Riot. He used the toggle switch as this like sort of makeshift stutter effect! . Now don’t get me wrong, there are some great Les Paul players out there. Jimmy Page, Slash, Zakk, etc.

But no one plays a Les Paul the way Randy played his, I mean no one.  That video right then and there got me to switch to Gibson, which is all I play now. I went down this rabbit hole of finding all his live performance and watching him play, and I always got this special sense of amazement when it was the Les Paul he was playing. Ever since then I’ve wanted a 70’s Alpine White Les Paul. It’s a unicorn to me. When they pop up I don’t have the money, when I do have the money I can never find one. But I will get one someday, and I have Randy to thank for that”.

I hope that you have all enjoyed this interview/article as much as I had interviewing Kelle Rhoads and writing this article. Be sure to check out the assorted YouTube links listed below. Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!

 

KELLE RHOADS – MUSONIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC

https://youtu.be/nz_f65N5GgE

Kelle Rhoads performing at Musonia School of Music

https://youtu.be/4orY6aetCGI

Kelle Rhoads Exclusive Interview | A Look Inside Musonia

https://youtu.be/HItUoOPGVac

Official White Paint Movie Trailer

https://youtu.be/tTakFzutzoI

Randy Rhoads Seminar Part 1

https://youtu.be/HL6DPqAPhS8

Randy Rhoads Seminar Part 2

https://youtu.be/DvsKyBKkigg

Randy Rhoads Seminar Part 3

https://youtu.be/N1umBG9OcmQ

Randy Rhoads Seminar Part 4

https://youtu.be/H0GC8f_cfOY

Randy Rhoads Interview

https://youtu.be/nk9aKVF2DSs

Hear Randy Rhoads Isolated Guitar Track On “Crazy Train”

http://rockandrollgarage.com/hear-randy-rhoads-isolated-guitar-track-on-crazy-train/

Kirk Hammett on Randy Rhoads

https://youtu.be/KSAIUC8lr1Y

RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED-Jeff Watson & Joel Hoekstra “Over the Mountain”

https://youtu.be/WuuAsgnnHuw

Sammy Boller – Tribute To Randy Rhoads

https://youtu.be/cTBAN7TljsE

Frank Hannon talks with the mother of Randy Rhoads

https://youtu.be/9KCwynyRgfk

Liszt – Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies

https://youtu.be/tluFQCOezZE

1 Hour of the Best Instrumental Opera Music by G. Puccini – Classical Music for relaxation

https://youtu.be/SqFNrNAaWbo

The Best Of Verdi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-makbMak7co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Marc Pietrek

I grew up in northern California during the 1980s and have been an AVID heavy metal fan since 1982. Having experienced the Bay Area thrash metal scene first hand, thrash metal will always be at my core, However, I am also a huge fan of death metal, doom metal, traditional heavy metal, stoner rock/metal and old-school black metal. If it concerns any of those sub-genres, (to borrow a quote from Christopher Walken in ‘THE KING OF NEW YORK’) “I want in on it!!”. Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!

Share This Post On
468 ad
%d bloggers like this: