Published on May 5th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


L.A. Guns’ Tracii Guns & Andre Relis On The New Film “Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon,” Future Projects & More

Randy Rhoads, the legendary guitarist known for his unmatchable guitar riffs, inarguably re-shaped rock’n’roll as the lead guitarist for Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. After forming Quiet Riot with bandmates Kelly Garni, Drew Forsyth and Kevin DuBrow in the 1970s, the band quickly became one of the most popular acts in the Los Angeles club circuit. However, their music failed to land them a legitimate record deal. After playing with Quiet Riot for around a decade, Randy received an opportunity to be the lead guitarist for Osbourne, the aforementioned former Black Sabbath singer. Rhodes played with Osbourne for a few short years — that period including co-writing and recording “Crazy Train” — before he was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1982 at the young age of 25.

The new film Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon was directed by Andre Relis, narrated by L.A. Gun’s Tracii Guns, and written and edited by Michael Bruining. It includes interviews with the likes of Rhoads’ mother Delores, Rhodes’ brother Kelle Rhoads, Laura “DuBrow” Mandell, Rudy Sarzo, Drew Forsyth, Eddie Van Halen, Lori Hollen, Jodi Vigier, Kim McNair, Brian Reason, Peter M. Margolis, Frankie Banali, John Donais, Joel Hoekstra, Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Gary Moore, Dweezil Zappa, George Lynch, and Ozzy Osbourne. Ultimately, it tells the little-known story of a Los Angeles guitar virtuoso whose influence can still be heard today. The long-awaited documentary is scheduled for a release on Friday, May 6, 2022 via all major digital and video-on-demand outlets, including Apple and Amazon.

On April 28, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Andre Relis and Tracii Guns via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon can be found here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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