Top Randy Rhoads Solos

In recognition of Gibson's new Randy Rhoads 1974 Les Paul Custom, Gibson take a look and listen to Randy Rhoads' Top 5 Guitar Solos. Here is intro and a link to the list: In the early days of 1979, Ozzy Osbourne's life had reached a major fork in the road. He'd just been fired from Black Sabbath for various reasons, including major substance abuse and general unreliability. Ozzy was almost at rock-bottom. Enter his beloved Sharon, who convinced him that he didn't need Black Sabbath and that he should strike out on his own as a solo act.

Ozzy agreed to put his trust in Sharon, meaning one of the first orders of business was to find an amazing guitarist. Enter young Randy Rhoads, who'd been dazzling audiences with his guitar pyrotechnics for years in Quiet Riot, the band he formed when he was just 16. When Randy got the invite to audition for the Prince of Darkness, he showed up with his Les Paul and a practice amp, plugged in, and proceeded to warm up a bit. Ozzy heard the 22-year-old prodigy loosening up and doing a few practice runs, and he gave Randy the gig right on the spot.

"I just tuned up and did some riffs," Randy later recalled, "and he said, 'You've got the gig.' I had the weirdest feeling because I thought, 'You didn't even hear me yet.'" Ozzy would go on to say that hearing Randy play guitar was like God entering his life. By the end of '79, Randy, Ozzy and the rest of his new band were in the U.K. working on Ozzy's debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz. - Check out the list here

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