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Randy Rhoads died at 25, which was the only thing that could have possibly stopped his career. Already he had gone from Quiet Riot to Ozzy Osbourne, a body of work only 4 years in length, and it was obvious that he was a superstar. In fact just his warmups got him his Ozzy gig.

Rhoads had speed in abundance, mixing it with neo-classical influences, as he was a big fan of classical guitar, and was looking to get a degree in that same subject. But even with his fantastic speed and volatility, there was a feel in his notes that many modern ‘shredders’ lack.

Because his bands were so popular he influenced generations of players, aside from the platinum albums that he was a part of.

Perhaps the ultimate testament to his style (aside from timeless rock classics like “Crazy Train”) is this – if someone walked into a music store right now and played like Randy Rhoads they wouldn’t sound dated at all. Everyone would crane their necks to see who that virtuoso was. But Rhoads has been gone for thirty years. Obviously, he was ahead of his time. One wonders when we’ll catch up.

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