It was a semi-rainy Sunday afternoon in beautiful Asbury Park, NJ. The beach was quiet and you would never think that there would be such rock ‘n’ roll greatness under one roof. Well the truth is that rock drum great Brian Tichy (who also plays a mean guitar) and rock radio legend Joe Sutton have developed the ultimate tribute concert to a guitar icon that would change the landscape for all future heavy metal guitarists. The guitarist is the one and only Randy Rhoads who became a guitar god playing with Ozzy Osbourne for his first two albums. Randy Rhoads was also the original co-founder of Quiet Riot before joining Ozzy.
Randy Rhoads was a classically trained guitar genius that pushed the boundaries of what could be done on guitar. Randy came to fame just a few years after Eddie Van Halen and has even considered Eddie as an inspiration. Unfortunately Randy Rhoads was sadly killed on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident while on tour with Ozzy. Rhoads has become an icon in the guitar world and is a continuing inspiration for all guitar players. Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton designed this event with the blessing of the Rhoads family and it has become a powerhouse.
Randy Rhoads Remembered was the ultimate tribute to one of the greatest guitar players on the planet.
The event took place at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and was the last one of the mini tour. It had some of the greatest metal guitar players on the planet. The show started off with Marzi Montazeri (Phil Anselmo and the Illegals) and continued with Phil X (Bon Jovi, The Drills), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans Siberian Orchestra), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford), Mike Tichy (Jim Brewer). Each guitar player delivered their own variation of how they play Randy Rhoads material as they played every Randy Rhoads track from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.
Brian Tichy who played drums on most of the tracks stepped in and played guitar a few times as well. That Brian Tichy is a multitalented musician. He is famous for playing with Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Slash’s Snakepit, Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies and Lynch Mob. The format of the show was incredible as the musicians all displayed maximum talent and a professional attitude amongst each other. Attendees got to experience the deep respect and friendship that these musicians have for each other. Bassist Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil, Johnny Hallyday, John Waite, Beggars & Thieves, Jimmy Page, Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Richie Kotzen) played the whole show. He even told great stories from the old days playing with Ozzy.
Randy Rhoads Remembered got a treat when Rhoads older brother Kelle Rhoads came up on stage to play one of his masterpieces as well as join the other musicians to play a Quiet Riot song that he claims their mother did not approve of.
One of the coolest moments of the show was when Bumblefoot left the stage during a guitar solo to hang out with the crowd. He walked up to an attendee that was in a wheel chair to engage him and let him strum the guitar for a few seconds. He continued to walk up to a child and let him play a few licks as well. The other cool moments were when Jeff Watson named with Bumblefoot and Mike Orlando as well as when Jeff Watson jammed with Bumblefoot and Chris Caffery to play Over The Mountain. The epic finish was when all of the guitarists got together on stage and played Dee together as a team saluting Randy Rhoades gracefully.
I got to meet Phil X finally after seeing him on YouTube and we got to talk for a bit after communicating on twitter. I also met Bumblefoot for the second time. Additionally, I met Mike Orlando and asked him about his super fast style. All in all this event was a surreal experience for every single attendee. I stuck around for the Bonzo Bash show which was an allstar drum tribute to John Bonham of Led Zeppelin as I met Brian Tichy at the very end. All of these guys are so talented and so great. I hope that Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton continue to bring more of these shows.