It was 27 years ago that the great guitarist Randy Rhoades perished in a tragic and senseless plane crash.
As a musician, he was an unbelievable stylist, by turns incendiary and poignant. His unforgettable riffs and innovative soloing style were the foundation upon which one washed-up Ozzy Osbourne launched one of the most unlikely and enduring comebacks in rock history. Since Rhoades's death, Ozzy has remained consistently active and highly visible, but has yet to reach the artistic heights he achieved with his original guitarist.
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