News reached us over the weekend that some of Randy Rhoads’ guitars and personal possessions have been stolen over the Thanksgiving period! Thieves broke into the Musonia School of Music, home to many instruments and personal possessions of Mr Rhoads since his death, and stole a lot of stuff, including Randy’s first ever electric guitar!
Ozzy Offers Reward
As you’ll no doubt know, Randy Rhoads played guitar on both of Ozzy’s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman. A force of nature, he had the chops and tone to make the music world stop and listen. He was tragically killed in an aeroplane accident on March 19th, 1982. He left a behind a huge hole in rock music, and no guitarist has ever truly filled that space.
Ozzy Osbourne commented on Instagram:
“As many of you have heard, the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, CA (the school where Randy Rhoads famously taught guitar) was viciously robbed on Thanksgiving night …
“Musonia was run by Randy’s late mother, Delores, and after his death 37 years ago, the school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world. It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family.”
News of the burglary was released by Randy’s sister, Kathy Rhoads-D’Argenzio. I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must have been for her and the family to experience such a cruel and callous theft. Her Instagram post left the rock world pretty stunned this weekend.
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My heart is BROKEN. Some one broke into Our beloved Musonia …. And”Stoled History” ?????? everything is being assessed and under investigation. So no post as yet to exactly what was taken. I’m just at a loss for words right now. So very sad. Musonia was totally ransacked and suffered major damage.
The stolen instruments include Rhoads’ first electric guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, as well as a rare Marshall prototype made specifically for Randy. There’s also a Great Depression-era trumpet that once belonged to Randy’s grandfather and is owned by Rhoads’ mother Delores.
The memorabilia and instruments were stolen from The Musonia School of Music, a place originally set up by the Dolores, Randy’s mother. The school was founded by Dolores in 1948. Randy gave guitar lessons there before his death in 1982. Delores’s son Kelle Rhoads still teaches local students of all ages piano, drums, and guitar at the school.
Over the weekend a few of the items have been found abandoned in a dumpster, but the guitars are still missing! Ozzy Osbourne is offering a $25,000 reward for information that could lead towards the return of the instruments.
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As many of you have heard, the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, CA (the school where Randy Rhoads famously taught guitar) was viciously robbed on Thanksgiving night. Musonia was run by Randy’s late mother, Delores, and after his death 37 years ago, the school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world. It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family. I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores have been taken from the family so I’ve decided to personally offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction and/or return of all stolen items. For information regarding the theft or return of these items please contact: Nick D’Argenzio Phone: 818-281-7893 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Here is a list and images of the items that were taken: · Randy Rhoads’ First Electric Guitar Owned, Harmony Rocket Est. 1963 · Randy Rhoads’ Original Quiet Riot Gear – Peavey Amp Head, 1970s · Randy Rhoads Series Marshall Head, Rare Protoype No. 1 or 2 given to the family by Marshall Company. · Delores Rhoads’ First Trumpet, a Prewar/Great Depression Era Silver Fresh Besson Trumpet. This was given to her as a child by her medical doctor father in exchange for medical services as a barter during the great depression. This subsequently sparked Delores Rhoads long lived music career. · 40 years of fan gifts to the Rhoads Family, memorabilia, all photos of Randy Rhoads, the Osbournes, Delores Rhoads, and miscellaneous instruments were taken. The photo shown in the main room was cleared out.