According to blabbermouth.net, music gear that once belonged to legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads was reportedly stolen from North Hollywood, California’s Musonia School Of Music, which was founded more than 70 years ago by the guitarist’s mother, Delores Rhoads.
The news of the burglary was posted by Randy’s sister, Kathy Rhoads–D’Argenzio, in a post on her Instagram. She wrote, “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 .”
The administrator of The Randy Rhoads Society Facebook page offered up more information after speaking with Kathy, writing, “I’ve been informed that someone has broken into MUSONIA and stolen Delores Rhoads’ instruments & some of Randy’s Quiet Riot gear! Completely unbelievable that someone would do this to the Rhoads family whom are always there for the fans and are very friendly and approachable. Totally blows me away! I have been asked by Kathy Rhoads to put this info out there, especially to the people in LA. We hope that someone will maybe hear something or maybe be of help acquiring the stuff back for Kathy Rhoads & family.
I was told by Kathy that they can’t really give too much info as of right now due to an active investigation. Regardless it’s very sad to hear as Randy & Delores are no longer with us which makes these stolen items priceless and irreplaceable. I will pass on more info as I get it . Any help finding info or the stolen items is much appreciated. It’s sad someone would do this to the Randy’s family! Kathy is understandably very upset right now.”
Musonia School Of Music was founded in 1948, as a place where children and adults in the local community could receive music education at an affordable price. Run today by Delores’s son Kelle Rhoads, Musonia continues to teach local students of all ages piano, drums, and guitar.
Randy Rhoads learned how to play guitar at Musonia. After his passing, Musonia now serves a dual role as a music school and the Randy Rhoads museum.
Comedian Kevin Hart, who is currently on a publicity tour, with his pal Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, for the forthcoming movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, has been pictured wearing an Exodus T-shirt.
After viewing some of the footage posted online, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, posted the following message to his Instagram account:
“”Okay everyone… yes I’ve seen this! Haha! Is he a fan? I highly doubt it, more likely his stylist bought it for a small fortune at some vintage tee shirt shop, if it’s not a modern bootleg. How do I feel? Eh. Another dude using metal shirts to look edgy. Who knows? BUT. I’m a HUGE Kevin Hart fan, so I give him a pass cause he makes me laugh my ass off!”
Hart is just the latest in a growing trend of celebrities wearing heavy metal t-shirts as high fashion. Rapper Kanye West has previously been criticized for repping vintage band tees, and Kim Kardashian is regularly spotted wearing Metallica t-shirts.
Back in 2017, Kim’s half-siblings, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, used iconic rock images of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Led Zeppelin, etc. superimposed with their own, to sell as T-shirts (see them here). The Jenners apologized for the offensive merchandise.
Additionally, after Kendall Jenner was seen getting wearing a Slayer T-shirt, guitarist Gary Holt, who also plays with SLAYER — apparently responded by wearing a t-shirt onstage that read “Kill The Kardashians”.
According to blabbermouth.net, after Kanye West was spotted wearing aTestament t-shirt in 2016, the band’s guitarist Alex Skolnick reacted negatively in an online post, writing, “Goodness gracious. This whole decrepit clan must have picked up a pile of old concert t-shirts (the same pile Kourtney K’s Slayer shirt came from) which have somehow become a ‘thing’ in trendy fashion (who’d have thought?!!). Inconceivable that any of these pop-culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are. My guess is he thinks it’s a religious group (not the first time that’s happened). That is, if he thinks at all, which lately seems unlikely. And I thought this time period couldn’t get any weirder…”
“First of all, I want to once again express my huge appreciation to all fans worldwide for the overwhelmingly positive response to my Bloodstock appearance in August and the Wolverhampton gig in early November. I am truly humbled and grateful.
I am also taken aback with the compelling fan outcry for me to participate in the Judas Priest 50th anniversary celebrations next year. Consequently, I felt the right thing to do was to reach out to my former band-mates to gather their thoughts on this, and their response is they are not receptive to my participation in the band and they do not intend to include me in the 50th anniversary celebrations.
However, the great news for the fans is that I will be continuing to forge ahead, I am looking very much forward to seeing you all on the road in 2020. Together we will take on the world”
Downing left the band in 2011 amid claims of conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance. He was replaced by guitarist Richie Faulkner.
Last year, he revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his former bandmates when he decided to depart from the group.. The first was described as “a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from music,” while the second was “angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with specific parties.”
Downing later stated that he believed the second letter was “a key reason” he wasn’t invited to rejoin Priest after guitarist Glenn Tipton’s decision to retire from touring, due to an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Last month, it was announced that Judas Priest is among the nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame‘s class of 2020.
Downing; Tipton; drummers Dave Holland, Les Binks and Scott Travis; singer Rob Halford; and bassist Ian Hill are all on the ballot for nomination.
Recent TrunkNation guest and influential guitarist Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush has announced US dates for a 50th anniversary tour, see them below.
14 Annapolis MD The Rams Head 15 Alexandria VA The Birchmere 16 Teaneck NJ The Debonair Music Hall 17 New Bedford MA The Vault 18 Poughkeepsie NY The Chance Theatre 20 Sellersville PA The Sellersville Theatre 21 Buffalo NY The Tralf Music Hall 23 Detroit MI The Token Lounge 24 Milwaukee WI Shank Hall 25 St.Charles IL The Arcada Theatre 26: St. Louis, MO The River Casino 30 Houston TX Warehouse Live
1 Dallas TX Campton Hall 2 San Antonio TX Sunken Garden Amphitheater 6 St. Joseph MO Diamond Event Center 8 Cincinnati OH The Ludlow Garage 9 Pittsburgh PA Jergles
Ozzy Osbourne has released Straight To Hell, the second single from his forthcoming album, Ordinary Man, due out on Epic Records in early 2020.
On Straight To Hell, Ozzy takes listeners to the heart of darkness — “something is missing and you don’t know why” — with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash along for this devilish ride, delivering scorched-earth riff. Listen to the song below.
Earlier this month, Ozzy released his first single off of Ordinary Man, called, Under The Graveyard, listen to it here.
In other Prince of Darkness news, Ozzy will be embarking on a North American tour with Marilyn Manson. The tour itinerary can be viewed by clicking here.
Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas event in America, announces its Humanitarian of the Year award recipient, Bret Michaels. Bret Michaels is a multi-platinum global music superstar whose multi-faceted brand encompasses record-breaking touring sales, TV stardom and chart-topping songs. A successful entrepreneur in addition to his musical achievements, he created the multi-million dollar selling Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars and created Bret’s Blend, Diet Trop-A-Rocka which is a number-one-selling beverage for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group.
“I could not be more honored to receive thisHumanitarian of the Year award,” said Michaels. “It truly touches my soul, and I am extremely grateful to be able to receive this award at the holidays, which is the perfect time of year to give back and donate to great causes like Toys for Tots. I can’t wait to play a song or two and I truly look forward to this chance to meet a lot of amazing people and fans at the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Demonstrating Michaels’ never-ending commitment to giving, he has pledged to honor his reception of this Humanitarian award by dedicating one of his upcoming shows to charity.
Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, the son of a veteran, and survivor of a life-threatening brain hemorrhage has always stood up to any challenge that was thrown at him. As a type 1 juvenile diabetic since the age of 6, he consistently leads the charge for diabetes awareness, sending children to camp with his Life Rocks Foundation. Through his Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars for charity and he has additionally personally donated to causes throughout his career, including his winnings from Celebrity Apprentice. His philanthropy has helped not only diabetes education and research but also a diverse range of causes such as childhood cancer, Veterans organizations, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Feelgood Foundation and many more.
Michaels’ latest hit single and video, Unbroken is dedicated to the idea of overcoming any challenge that life puts in front of you. He cowrote and recorded the song with his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, who currently attends a music and arts school. His eldest daughter, Raine, is an in-demand model after being a finalist in the Sports Illustrated’s Swim Search earlier this year. Michaels himself is one one of the most sought-after performers in the world, keeping him on the road for each of the last 10 years for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly. Those talents, combined with his passion for philanthropy and helping others, made Michaels a fitting choice to receive this year’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Although Michaels is primarily a solo artist and is finishing his Unbroken World Tour of arenas and amphitheaters, he is giving the fans an early Christmas gift by agreeing to a confirmed tour in 2020 featuring a reunited, all-original Poison. Though no dates are currently locked in, Michaels is excited to bring the band back on the road for a summer jaunt of concert hits…
…The landmark anniversary celebration will take place on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m. PT. The host of Access Hollywood, Mario Lopez, and the Lopez family, are this year’s Grand Marshals. They will join an eclectic array of musical performances featured during the parade and national telecast, including Jesse & Joy, Dionne Warwick, Brandon Jenner, Sheléa, The Band Of Merrymakers, Rock of Ages, Shawn Wayans presents The Boo Crew, Phil Vassar, David Archuleta, Ace Young & Diana DeGarmo, James Maslow, Ashen Moon with Mikalah Gordon and Brandon Rogers. The parade will also feature a special tribute for Toys for Tots and a magic performance by Mai Wynn and Farrell Dillon of The CW’s hit series, “Masters of Illusion.”
The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. It will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW Network on December 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT. The parade, featuring Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air on the Hallmark Channel shortly after as well as on American Forces Network, to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles…