What has eight strings, a blue quilted-maple veneer and Randy Rhoads’ thumbnail encased in acrylic? Kelly Garni’s new custom bass guitar, a one-of-a-kind homage to his friendship with the dearly departed guitar hero.
Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde. For more than 20 years, Ozzy Osbourne has seen guitarists come and go. What separates the men from the boys? Guitar World listens as the legendary rock madman spills the beans.
For our feature story on the new Marshall 1959 Randy Rhoads Signature amp, which is in the August issue, on sale now, Guitar World was granted special access to a private area of the Musonia School of Music--the music school owned by Randy's mother, Delores. As you can see from the pix in the August issue, reporter Alan di Perna was shown such Rhoads artifacts as his very first guitar (a Gibson Army & Navy flattop acoustic), a set list from the final Rhoads/Osbourne tour, his Super Lead head and more. Present at the photo shoot were Randy's mother, as well as his brother Kelle and sister Kathy.
As photographer Travis Shinn took so many photos throughout the day, I figured this would be a good opportunity to show you some of the ones we didn't use in the issue. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version.
Thank you to Mrs. Rhoads and Kelle for helping us put this story together...we are forever grateful.
Hoping you all get a kick out of this one. Ten years ago we were putting together a big Ozzy issue (August 1998, to be exact), and one of the sidebars dealt with the details surrounding the plane crash that killed Randy Rhoads. When we came up with the concept for the story, we had the idea to commission a graphic artist to illustrate the events surrounding the crash...something scientific, showing trajectory, point of impact, etc., the type of thing you would see in a newspaper in the days following a major plane crash.
What we ended up with was the illustration you see here...which almost has a cheery, cartoony feel to it, and shows the plane crashing into what appears to be a Christmas tree! It was hardly the scientific analysis of the crash we were expecting, so we decided not to run it in the issue.
I've held onto the drawing for all this time, as that morbid side of me just can't part with it...the public has never seen it, until now.