JANUARY 26th 2018

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper

This is a celebration of the brilliant and original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, Randy Rhoads, who played his last concert on March 18, 1982. Rhoads was one of the original co-founders of Quiet Riot, at the young age of 16, then for Ozzy’s two albums in 1980, Blizzard of Ozz and 1981 Diary of a Madman.  None of us, from band members to fans, have ever forgotten the loss of what so many call “the greatest hard-rock/heavy-metal guitar player of all time”. Tichy and Sutton created this event back in 2013 after both agreeing Randy Rhoads deserved recognition for his musical impact. Both being huge fans of Rhoads’, but also Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne.

Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads performed, while his sister Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio shares her stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved, including the fans and all who sat in the audience tonight.

The spectacular cast of musicians shredded through some very memorable songs, ones that we all know and if you looked around, could see many of us singing along to. I would say that Randy would have felt proud and honoured to see these masters cranking out the riffs in his honour, if he could be there to witness.

I want to list everyone here, because I think everyone should know who took part, and who did such an incredible and magnificent performance. If you didn't go, you really missed out on some amazing music along with some wonderful stories.

Guitar Lords:
Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies / Whitesnake / Dio / Revolution Saints)
Marcelo Barbosa (Angra)
Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro)
Christian Brady (Hell Yeah)
Chris Broderik (Act of Defiance)
Jimmy Burkard (Billy Idol)
Darren Householder (Love/Hate / Jizzy Pearl)
Walter Ino (Survivor)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Frankie Lindia (Legal Tender)
Marzi Montazeri (Heavy As Texas / formerly Phil Anselmo & The Illegals / Exhorder)
Mike Orlando (Stereo Satellite / Adrenaline Mob)
Monte Pittman (Madonna)
Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
Rowan Robertson (Dio / DC 4 / Bang Tango)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Brian Tichy (RRR founder)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)
Roy Z (Dickinson / Halford / Tribe of Gypsies)

HOUSE BAND - The Madmen
Jason Bittner DRUMS (Overkill / Shadows Fall)
Dewey Bragg VOX (Bill Ward's Day of Errors / Moth / Kill Devil Hill)
Steve Ferlazzo KEYS (Richie Sambora-Orianthi / Soundcheck Live founder)
Ray Luzier DRUMS (Korn / KXM)
Kathy Rhoads (Guest Speaker)
Kelle Rhoads VOX
Rudy Sarzo BASS (Bass Legend / Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / The Guess Who)
Phil Soussan BASS (Last in Line / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Brian Tichy DRUMS (RRR founder)
Neil Turbin VOX (Bleed The Hunger / DeathRiders / Anthrax)
Chas West VOX (Resurrection Kings / Bonham)

This is my first Randy Rhoads Remembered, and I don't know about other years, but this one rocked the venue. It is the 5th RRR and it was held in the newly renovated venue, The Yost, in Santa Ana. It was great to sit up in the balcony and watch all these magnificent performers pay tribute to Randy, 98% of the songs I was singing along with. One performer sticks out most in my mind, one that I have never seen live before ... Rudy Sarzo. He looked like he was really enjoying being up on that stage, as if personally playing to Rhoads himself in the audience and doing what he does best, he was loving every minute of it. An exceptional performance by Rudy. Don't get me wrong, everyone did an amazing job, everyone was putting 150% into this show. I appreciated each artist that stepped out on that stage tonight, especially vocalist Dewey Bragg, who nailed that distinct vocal sound. I was enthralled to see so many artists, from all genres, come together to pay tribute.

If I happen to be in town next year when this happens, I will be looking to attend once again. A great night of so much talent, heartfelt stories, and just fun times all around by both the audience, and musicians.

Please, you really must check this out. If only for one time, it is beyond a memorable night of music.