"Randy Rhoads Remembered", the tribute to the guitarist who has influenced the best guitarists in the world, will held next October in Brazil. Randall William Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, California. He was the youngest in a family where music was essential. At thirteen he formed small bands and, at fifteen, he began teaching at the school of her mother, becoming an important teacher.
Rhoads's career started in 1973, when he entered the Quiet Riot. His charisma and talent on guitar ensured him a legion of fans worldwide. At this time he began using his Flying V black with white "balls", designed by Karl Sandoval. He also played a lot his Gibson Les Paul 1974 cream color, which became one of his trademarks. The guitarist attended the first two albums of the band: Quiet Riot I and Quiet Riot II and the first two Ozzy albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). Despite his young age and the few recorded works, Randy Rhoads is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Rhoads has been on many magazine covers and has influenced many guitarists around the world, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Dimebag Darrell, Frank Hannon, Doug Aldrich, John 5, Steve Vai, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, Michael Romeo, John Petrucci, John Frusciante, Tom Morello, Joe Holmes, Neal Grusky (Takara), Michael Angelo Batio, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho, Mick Thomson, Paul Gilbert and Buckethead.
The former bassist of the bands Quiet Riot and Ozzy, Rudy Sarzo, wrote a book about Randy Rhoads called "Off The Rails". Sarzo said to Classic Rock Revisited that was not easy to write this book and he just wants everyone understand who was Randy and all the facts that led him to be this great guitarist. He also says that owe his career to Randy and he’s sure that Ozzy and Sharon have the same thought, because without Randy Rhoads at the beginning, maybe Ozzy and Sharon would not exist today. Rudy Sarzo was the only musician who played in two bands (Quiet Riot and Ozzy) with Rhoads and was a personal friend of the musician as well as a great admirer of his instrumental skill.
Two dates will be announced soon by Top Link Music that guarantees a great celebration in honor of the magnificent Randy Rhoads.
Angra will be back in Brazil next September for some concerts before releasing their new album. At the moment the band is recording in Sweden with the vocalist Fabio Lione under the supervision of Jens Bogren, renowned producer who has worked with Dark Tranquillity, Kreator, Symphony X, among many others.
Besides those shows in Brazil, the band will also perform at Millenium Metal Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
Kiko Loureiro is finishing the guitar clinic tour in Asia promoted by Ibanez Guitars. The musician visited many countries to present the two signature models - KIKO100 and KIKO10P. He talked to many fans during the clinics, shared information about his solo career and Angra, guitar techniques and the news about the music market in Brazil and worldwide.
During the tour, Kiko Loureiro recorded four videos for Brazilian fans talking about the events along the trip.