Randy Rhoads Remembered at NAMM 2016As always one of the best tribute bash events to ever exist in rock n roll. Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton continue to pay tribute to the late Randy Rhoads. This year they put the event on at M3 Live Anaheim Event center just down a few blocks from where the NAMM Convention took place.
The line up of incredible guitarists at this show included:
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/ DIO/ Dead Daisies)
Michael Angelo Batio
Chris Broderick (Act of Defiance / Former Megadeth)
Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/TSO/ Former Night Ranger)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth/ Angra)
Marzi Montazeri (Heavy as Texas / Former Phil Anselmo and The Illegals)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob / A Beautiful Disaster)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane / Geoff Tate’s Queensryche)
Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach / Vince Neil)
Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)
Lexii Lynn Frazier (up and coming guitar sensation and contest winner)
In addition to the long list of guitar greats this show had some of the best singers, bass players and drummers in hard rock and heavy metal including:
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot / Ozzy Osbourne / Whitesnake)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize)
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen / TSO)
Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Ray Luzier (Korn)
Chas West (Jake E Lee / Bonham)
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth / Metal Alligience)
Dewey Bragg (Kill Devill Hill)
And so many more!
A very special shout out goes to the Rhoads family for helping to make this possible including Kathy Rhoads and Kelle Rhoads who also sang at the show.
This bash was very special because not only were the performances on point but something very heart warming happened. Rudy Sarzo was honored with an award presented by Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads. Rudy Sarzo was Randy Rhoad’s best friend. They mentioned how Randy Rhoads had gotten Rudy into both Quiet Riot and the Ozzy Osbourne band. Rudy truly deserved this award because of his friendship to the family and his career accomplishments. When they asked Rudy to say a few words his only response was “Let’s Play!”
Brian Tichy has done a great job as always pulling double duty by playing the drums and even guitar on a few songs. After seeing this show in New Jersey last year I knew what I was going in for. I think that this version of the show was even better than the last one that I saw. Randy Rhoads Remembered is one of those shows that you must attend once a year minimally if you are a guitar player. Randy Rhoads was a true pioneer on the guitar and it is evident when one can experience playing his guitar parts. The guitarists at these shows always impress!
I took so many pictures and little videos that can be seen on my instagram profile (https://www.instagram.com/stansher). I even got to connect in person with Joel Hoekstra and Chris Broderick earlier that day. I hope that Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton along with the Rhoads family continue this tradition for many more years to come.