A new documentary celebrating the life of guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot), entitled Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon, will be available beginning May 6 via most streaming services and video-on-demand outlets.
The film, directed by Andre Relis and narrated by Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), features commentary from the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, George Lynch, and many more, including Rhoads mother, Delores Rhoads.
Rhoads was killed along with two others in 1982, when the small plane he was flying in at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion. Rhoads was 25 years old.
Rhoads played on Osbourne's watershed albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, simultaneously influencing a swath of future musicians and assisting a dead-in-the-water Osbourne resurrect his career. So influential was Rhoads' brief shooting star that Osbourne wrote in his autobiography I Am Ozzy that he almost quit music after Rhoads death.
Born Randall William Rhoads in Santa Monica in 1956, Rhoads—a trained classical guitarist—rose to superstardom playing alongside Osbourne on some of his most classic tracks, including "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley," and "Over the Mountain." He was posthumously inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.