And a big roar rises from within the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne as his friend and collaborator, the genius guitarist, Randy Rhoads is selected to receive a Musical Excellence Award courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Way back in 2000, The RRHF created a ‘Sidemen’ category to recognise largely uncredited artists whose work behind the scenes was worthy of recognition even if their names were not in the realm of celestial stardom.
This category was later adapted into the Musical Excellence Award and as the committee states, it is handed out to “artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.”
With recipients as notorious as Ringo Starr, it isn’t always the case that the ‘behind the scenes’ ethos is strictly stuck to, but fans of Rhoads’ sonic one-man orchestral guitar playing will be delighted to see him recognised all the same.
When Randy Rhoads tragically passed away in a light aircraft crash back in 1982 aged only 25 he left behind a plethora of iconic riffs from his work with both Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
He will be posthumously awarded along with Billy Preston who is also set to receive the award.
The induction ceremony will be held October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio and will be broadcast on HBO and available to listen to on SiriusXM.
Ozzy Osbourne is yet to react publicly to the recently announced news, but he will no doubt have a comment or two in the offing.