THE definitive L.A. scene guitarist. Formed the legendary band Quiet Riot when he was just 16, and went on to join Ozzy Osbourne in 1979. Born Dec. 6, 1956. Died March, 1982 from a horrible plane crash accident intended as a practical joke. He is the reason Jackson guitars is in business today, being the designer of the first model, the "Concorde", which is now known as the "Rhoads" shape. He used classical modes and pentatonics, diatonics, hexatonics, and more to create fluid, melodic riffs and lead lines. He set Ozzy's career back on track when it derailed from being booted from Black Sabbath
. He continues to influence MANY guitarists today, including but not limited to: Diamond Darrel
, Zakk Wylde
from Ozzy Osbourne
/Black Label Society
, Jerry Cantrell
, and many more.
A guitarist whose full potential did not have a chance to be shown. THE most brilliant guitarist of ALL TIME.