It is currently Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:18 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 28 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Randy's Influences and Admired Guitarists
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:41 pm 
Moderator/Admin
Moderator/Admin
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2003 6:55 pm
Posts: 10610
Location: MD
I put together this collection of guitarists that Randy (and others who knew him) said either influneced him or he admired or liked.

"To this day, I don't have a guitar idol. I have people that are my favorites."-Randy Rhoads

"I have a lot of influences from everywhere. It's hard to pinpoint. I like a lot of classical. I like a lot of blues rock."-Randy Rhoads


Mick Ronson-David Bowie
"Mick Ronson became a very major influence for Randy, both in technique and image. Look at Mick Ronson on a live Bowie video and it's scary how much Randy resembled him."-Kelly Garni

GW: Kelly brightens when I ask if Randy chose a white Les Paul as his signature axe because Ronson played a similar guitar:
"You know, no one has ever suggested that before, but yes, I think he did!"-Kelly Garni

Image

Image

Glen Buxton-Alice Cooper
"A big influence on him at that time-one that isn't spoken about very much-was Alice Cooper's guitarist Glenn Buxton. Randy liked all the wierd noises and feedback that Buxton came up with and would always point them out to me."-Kelly Garni

"Because he liked Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper so much he picked up a white three-pickup SG as well."-Kevin Dubrow

Image

Image

Leslie West-Mountain
"Leslie West was one of my all-time favorite guitarists. I loved his feel. He used a lot of classical. I can feel he's really into it when he does those little classical lines. It's melodic, but mean."-Randy Rhoads

"I can say one of my favorite sounds was when I first heard Mountain and Leslie West with that harmonics and the sustain. I, I just thought it was the greatest thing."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image

Ronnie Montrose-Montrose/Edgar Winter
"I liked Ronnie Montrose with Edgar Winter alot."-Randy Rhoads

"The first thing we talked about was the type of music we liked. We were both really crazy about the first Montrose album so we talked about forming a band with that type of sound."-Kevin Dubrow

Image

Image


Michael Schenker-Scorpions/UFO/MSG
"I like Michael Schenker's playing alot. He's very classical."-Randy Rhoads

"I think Michael Schenker is excellent. I think he’s a great rock player. He’s very melodic and lots of feeling."-Randy Rhoads


Image

Image

Ritchie Blackmore-Deep Purple/Rainbow
"Ritchie Blackmore was great. I loved his expression."-Randy Rhoads

"I think he’s great. He was one of my real early favorites. He’s got great bluesy phrasing. Ya know? It, it really made me listen to a lot of blues."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image

Jeff Beck-The Yardbirds/Solo
"Beck is also one of my favorites. He can do anything. He can play one note and it's great."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image

Bill Nelson-Bebop Deluxe
"The scale-oriented lines he didn't get into at all until he got "Sunburst Finish" by Bebop Deluxe. That album immedietly changed his style. He liked Bill Nelson a lot. I've never seen him mention it in any interviews. There was a song on that album called "Strangers In The Night" and Randy really liked the lead on that one. Bill Nelson's influence was so heavy and immediete that I remember we got into an argument about it because I thought his playing was becoming overly melodic without the nasty side."-Kevin Dubrow

Image

Image

Gary Moore-Thin Lizzy/Coliseum/Greg Lake/Solo
""Later on he came to really admire Gary Moore and Eddie Van Halen. Those were his top two guys." -Rudy Sarzo

"I was rehearsing with Gary when I met Randy. Randy and Ozzy came down to the rehearsal in order to meet Gary. While there, Randy picked up a guitar and started jamming with us for about an hour because Randy was a big Gary Moore fan. I don’t know how big, but big enough to come down to the rehearsal to meet Gary."-Tommy Aldridge

Image

Image

Eddie Van Halen-Van Halen
“Eddie is great. I don't want to get near competing with people like that.”-Randy Rhoads

"I mean, Eddie Van Halen is fantastic."-Randy Rhoads

"Van Halen was one of the few guitarists Randy would talk about. One day I asked him, 'What guitar players do you like, Randy?' And he said, 'I like Eddie Van Halen.'-Max Norman

""Later on he came to really admire Gary Moore and Eddie Van Halen. Those were his top two guys." -Rudy Sarzo
Image

Image

Allan Holdsworth-Gong/Soft Machine/Jean Luc Ponty/UK
"He's great. I love his playing. He's got a lot of great jazz scales. He's got scales where you don't know what they are."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image

Steve Lukather-Toto
"I quite like Steve Lukather's playing."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image

Steve Morse-Dixie Dregs/Solo
"I know Randy was a Steve Morse fan."-Bob Daisley

Image

Image

Tom Scholz-Boston
"He loved that guys tone and how clean he played."-Kelly Garni

Image

Image

Earl Klugh-Acoustic Jazz Guitarist
"I like Earl Klugh alot."-Randy Rhoads

Image

Image


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:29 pm 
Mega Poster
Mega Poster
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:12 am
Posts: 858
Location: southern california
good stuff iron!


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:10 pm 
Mega Poster
Mega Poster

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:59 pm
Posts: 330
Thanks for this Iron, very interesting!! :D That Gary Moore anecdote is too much, oh to even have a cheap audio of that session :o I wish someone took photos of that occasion. As much as I adore Randy, Ive never been too keen on his influences, except for Gary and Ronson. Can obviously see the influence of Scholz in the commercial QR material. Thanks again.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:41 am 
Blizzard Poster
Blizzard Poster
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:22 pm
Posts: 1458
Location: Maryland
Wow. I never knew half the people in this thread influinced him. Awesome. Thanks Iron.

_________________
Image


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:47 am 
Madman Poster
Madman Poster
User avatar

Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:48 pm
Posts: 2309
Location: Belfast, Ireland
I'd kill to hear Gary and Randy jamming. :shock:


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:05 am 
Mega Poster
Mega Poster

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:59 pm
Posts: 330
Wouldn't that be amazing??? I didnt even know this about Tommy and Gary until now!! I just wonder if there really is some document of this somewhere!! [-o<


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:15 am 
Mega Poster
Mega Poster
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:36 pm
Posts: 535
Location: The Great White North
Great work,Thanks 8)

_________________
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwN33nhOL3I


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:45 am 
Moderator/Admin
Moderator/Admin
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2003 6:55 pm
Posts: 10610
Location: MD
Steevo wrote:
I didnt even know this about Tommy and Gary until now!! I just wonder if there really is some document of this somewhere!! [-o<


Tommy played with Gary Moore in 1980 and the start of 81 before joining up with Ozzy and Randy. Don Airey was in Gary's band at the time also and they recorded a show that was released a few years later called "Dirty Fingers". As far as a documentation of the Randy/Gary/Tommy jam, I doubt it as it was totally un-planned.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:17 pm