Meeting Randy Rhoads Was Life-Changing, But Also Terrifying For This Legendary Drummer
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Be Honest, It’d Be Life-Changing For Your Too…
Even 37 years after his tragic passing, we just can’t stop talking about Randy Rhoads and the impact he had on the world of rock & roll. Despite having such a short career, Randy managed to set such a high standard for other guitar players and even today, very few have met that standard. He was one of the best, pure and simple.
There are only a handful of musicians that have ever gotten to work with him, but they’ll all inevitably tell you that Randy was not only one of the greatest musicians they’d ever met, but also one of the kindest and most endearing guys ever, and for this legendary drummer, it “scared him to death”…
Tommy Aldridge, who’s played with such artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy, Vinnie Moore and Yngwie Malmsteen, recently talked about Randy and what it was like to meet him for the first time.
Here is what he said in an interview during Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp…
“It scared me to death. It was inspirational. It was life-changing, not only from a musician standpoint… the first time I met Randy, he came to a rehearsal when I was rehearsing with Gary.”
“He was a big Gary Moore fan, as most Les Paul players are, I think. He came to our rehearsal, and that’s when I met him. He was really in awe of Gary, and Gary’s tone.”
What I got from this is that Tommy somehow knew that Randy was much more than just a guitar player upon meeting him, he saw instantly that he would end up becoming one of the most iconic musicians of all time even after his death.
Chances are that all the fellow musicians who met Randy had the same reaction. Sometimes, you recognize greatness right when you see it, and that’s exactly the case with Tommy Aldridge.