Sarzo’s Off The Rails Book Update

I received an email from the Diary of an Axeman Club forum, referring to another forum in which the moderator posted this message:

GOOD NEWS!!!

Just heard back from Rudy and he says the book is only delayed.
He says Amazon made a poor choice in wording the emails.
He appreciates everyone’s interest and support here.

The full message thread can be found on the randyrhoads.tk board. This board, according to the info in its rules section, is also frequented by members of Randy’s family and others like Kevin Dubrow, Kelli Garni (former bassist for Quiet Riot and Randys childhood friend), and Rudy Sarzo, so the source seems credible.

This is good news for Randy fans. I know I’ve been looking forward to the book since it was announced.

Off the Rails now Off the Press?

In May I reported that Rudy Sarzo had a book coming out called ” Off the Rails – My Adventures in the Land of Ozz”. It was due to be released in September and was available for preorder when I found it on Amazon. So I preordered it.

This morning, I received the following from Amazon:

We are sorry to report that the release of the following item has been
cancelled:

Rudy Sarzo “Off the Rails – My Adventures in the Land of Ozz”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve
since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept
our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for this item because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

Your order is now closed.

I’ve looked around for announcements as to why the book is not being published but can’t find any articles yet. There isn’t even an announcement on Rudy’s site. If you run into any, please send them over.

I’m sure there are a ton of Rhoads fans that were really looking forward to this one. This would have been the only book to chronicle Randy’s life, up to and including the night of his death.

Needless to say, for me, and I’m sure for all Rhoads fans around the world, this is pretty disappointing.

Diary of an Axeman – June Download

For those Randy Rhoads fans out there, the Diary of an Axeman site has Suicide Solution as their June video download.

Unfortunately, I missed May’s download, which was ‘I Don’t Know’ from the Blizzard of Ozz album. I checked the site sometime in May but I guess it was updated later on in the month. I’ll have to be a little more diligent in checking the site out if I want to keep building the Rhoads video collection.

This site is great and I think it’s really cool that the guy running it is keeping it up despite the bandwidth problems and cost that it takes to make this stuff available.

Actually, as I was writing this I found that the maintainer of the site has a Yahoo Group you can subscribe to to get updates on when the site is updated. Needless to say, I signed up.

Off The Rails – My Adventures in the Land of Ozz Available for Preorder

Dio and former Quiet Riot and Randy Rhoads era Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo has a new book coming out called Off the Rails – My Adventures in the Land of Ozz, which is available for preorder from Amazon.com.

According to this article, the book is culled from Sarzo’s detailed diaries and journals that he kept while on tour. In it he also attempts to describe the details of what happened, from his perspective, on March 19, 1982 – the day of Randy’s death.

The book is due to be released in September 2005. Billboard.com has an article about the book as well.

Diary of an Axeman

Randy Rhoads Grave Site - CloserPiggybacking on yesterdays post, I found a great site called Diary of an Axeman that has rare audio and video downloads of Randy Rhoads.

The April video download is Mr. Crowley (rated #1 in my top 10 guitar songs last January). I have to say, it’s pretty damn cool actually watching him play.

The site also has some radio interviews in multiple segments which are pretty interesting to listen to.

They’ve had some bandwidth problems recently, and are limiting downloads to one video / audio clip per month.

The Randy Rhoads Grave Site Excursion

Randy Rhoads Grave Site - Closer

Tom and I are in Anaheim, CA on a business trip. Since we were somewhat in the neighborhood, we thought we would initiate a pilgrimage to the grave site of Randy Rhoads, one of my favorite guitarists. This visit, like the Bruce Lee grave visit three years ago was another one of those “things I need to do before I settle down for a dirt-nap” list items.

We did all of the pretravel prep and flew into Anaheim. After checking into the hotel, we hit the road to visit the site.

When we did the initial mapping of our route, we mapped the name “Mountain View Cemetery”, printed out the directions and never had a second thought about it. Until we got to Beaumont, CA, just outside of San Bernardino, CA.

Well, after a lot of driving and asking of directions we finally found the Mountain View Cemetery in Beumont, CA (there is one), but Randy Rhoads wasn’t buried there. We then figured, “well, maybe there is another Mountain View Cemetery in town”, so we asked around, stopping at a fire station (which was empty), and finally querying a local policeman after he finished issuing a ticket.

There was indeed another cemetery, and Tom put the pedal to the metal to get there before we lost daylight for picture taking. We got to the cemetery at the end of a dead end road, and, once again, Randy wasn’t buried there.

At this point, we needed someone with an internet connection so we called my lovely wife to figure out where the hell we went wrong. She confirmed that we were, indeed, in the wrong town. Since daylight was gone, we started the 60+ mile drive back to Anaheim. Needless to say we were a tad disappointed that our quest went unfulfilled.

On Sunday, after the conference sessions, we embarked on another attempt to find the grave site, this time with directions that Jonna was sweet enough to email to me last night. A short 50 minute drive later we pulled into the cemetery in San Bernardino, CA, found the monument (which is right inside the gates) and paid our respects.

The grave was something to behold, most of all because it’s quite obvious as you look around that people visit there pretty frequently. It was reminicent of the Bruce Lee grave visit, as we found incense and fresh flowers there as well. This monument was covered in lipstick left by fans (I’m assuming female), and there was even a note left inside the monument under the bench. It was a very cool experience.

As we were heading back to the car, after taking all of our pictures, a car drove up and stopped in front of the monument. A young couple got out of the car with their small son, and walked up to the grave and also paid their respects. I just had to take a picture of it from the car, I thought it was so cool. After 23 years, people still stop just to pay their respects to this young guy who made such a mark with his playing, and his love of the instrument.

We got some great pictures, which I’ve posted in a photo set on Flickr. We also learned a valuable lesson:

Make sure you know where you are going, EXACTLY, before you print out directions. If you aren’t 100% sure, ask your wife. Left on our own, the original road trip that Tom and I went on was extremely reminicent of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

Update on August 7, 2005

Find the site on Google Earth.

Randy Rhoads / Ozzy Issue of Guitar Legends Magazine at Newstands

Randy Rhoads - Guitar Legends I found the latest issue of Guitar Worlds Guitar Legends magazine at Borders this weekend. It’s a full on issue about Ozzy Osbourne and his career. The best part about it, however, is that there is a ton of content about Randy Rhoads, Osbournes first guitarist, who died in plane crash on May 19, 1982. Along with two great articles, one on Rhoads himself and the other with former Quiet Riot basis and Rhoads childhood friend Kelly Garni, this issue also includes a transcription of a guitar clinic Rhoads had just before his death.

Also included in this issue are transcriptions of the following songs:

  • Flying High Again – Osbourne / Rhoads
  • Over the Mountain – Osbourne/Rhoads
  • Mr. Crowley – Osbourne/Rhoads
  • The Wizard – Black Sabbath
  • War Pigs – Black Sabbath

Being the first day of my vacation yesterday, this issue came out just in time. I spent most of the day upstairs with my guitar just noodling through the tabulature. Aside from Vai, Randy Rhoads has always been one of my favorite guitar players (Mr. Crowley, if you remember, rated number 1 on my top ten guitar songs).

If your a Rhoads fan, this is definitely a magazine to pick up.