Randy Rhoads posthumously inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Kirk Hammett, Tom Morello and Zakk Wylde pay tribute
The legend of the late Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The recipient of the Musical Excellence Award – which is given to “artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence have had a dramatic impact on music” – Rhoads has been inducted into the Hallowed Rock Hall by the guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello during the 2021 ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, October 31.
Appearing via a video message, Morello paid tribute to the late guitarist. “Randy Rhoads is a talent without equal,” he said. “He revived Ozzy Osbourne’s career as a gunslinger accompanist. And that was the Randy Rhoads poster that I had on my wall. You could study Randy’s songs in a college-level musicology class and bang your head in a 7-Eleven parking lot.
He continued, “When it comes to musical excellence, no one more deserves the highest echelon of recognition and praise. Now the incomparable Randy Rhoads is in his place.
Shortly after announcing Rhoads’ induction into Rock Hall earlier this year, Ozzy Osbourne said he was “so happy [his] genius [was] to finally be recognized ”.
“I just wish he was here in person to get this award and that we could all celebrate together,” Ozzy said. First radio networks‘Sal Cirrincione. “It’s really great that Randy’s family, friends and fans can see him honored in this way.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde also paid tribute at the ceremony. Hammett said, via a video message: “All of a sudden the curtain fell unexpectedly and the show was over before it really, really started.”
Wylde added that “Randy, hands down, sits at” the Hall of Fame greats table alongside Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
Dying in 1982 at the age of just 25, Randy Rhoads’ career was short-lived, but had a lasting impact on generations of guitarists to come. During his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne, he appeared on two of the singer’s most notable studio albums – Ozz Blizzard (1980) and Diary of a madman (nineteen eighty one).
The full roster of Rock Hall 2021 inductees – which the organization describes as the “most diverse” in its history – includes Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads and Clarence Avant.
Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced an exhibit featuring items associated with this year’s inductees, including Randy Rhoads’ iconic Jackson Concorde white, as well as a widely used Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar by Dave Grohl. on stage, and a purple embroidered costume worn by Todd Rundgren while filming his live album, Back to bars.
The full Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on November 20. For more information, head over to HBO.